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Derived forms of exhilaratingexhilaratingly, adverb
Words nearby exhilarating
What does exhilarating mean?
Exhilarating means causing strong feelings of excitement and joy; thrilling and life-affirming.
Exhilarating is commonly applied to the kind of experiences that fill you with joy, wake up your senses, or make you feel alive, like riding a rollercoaster, seeing the view from the top of a mountain, or diving into cold water. Someone who experiences something exhilarating can be described as exhilarated.
Exhilarating is the adjective form of the verb exhilarate, which most commonly means to enliven, invigorate, or stimulate. Exhilarating is most often used as an adjective, but it can also be used as the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb, as in These attractions will be exhilarating our guests from the moment they step inside the park.
Example: The brisk wind blowing sparkling ice crystals through the air really made my morning walk exhilarating.
Where does exhilarating come from?
The first records of the word exhilarating as an adjective come from the 1600s. The verb exhilarate is recorded earlier, in the 1500s, and comes from the Latin exhilarāre, meaning “to gladden” (a less common meaning of the verb exhilarate is “to gladden” or “to make lively and cheerful”). Exhilarāre comes from hilarāre, meaning “to cheer,” and the word hilarious is based on the same root.
Exhilarating is always used positively—exhilarating things make you feel good. But not just good—the word is usually applied to intense feelings, ones that feel like a combination of pure joy and excitement. Such feelings usually come from intense experiences or activities, the kinds of ones that send a flash of adrenaline through your body or make you feel alive in some way. To be described as exhilarating, the experience has to be both intense and positive. Skiing down a mountain and feeling the bite of cold air might be exhilarating for some but downright terrifying for others.
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Exhilarating is always used positively, especially to describe very intense feelings or experiences.
— GamesBeat (@GamesBeat) March 10, 2020
ahh that exhilarating feeling of reaching the summit and seeing this view ⛰😌
never thought i’d say this but hiking is actually fun (including the body pain days after haha) pic.twitter.com/0gPoEOQHmy
— jas p’her (@Jasfher) January 29, 2020
Still can’t believe I did this. What an exhilarating experience. Having the best time in New Zealand! pic.twitter.com/O7XUynsusb
— Brad Faxon (@BradFaxon) March 5, 2020
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Swimming with dolphins was so exhilarating—it feels like every cell in my body is pulsing with life.
Example sentences from the Web for exhilarating
And, even better, because the Maverick X3 comes in multiple four-seater options, everyone in the family can enjoy the exhilarating ride.
He is a deadly scorer, though not necessarily an exhilarating one.James Harden has confused player empowerment with self-sabotage|Jerry Brewer|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
It’s exhilarating to know that what we learn five years from now may not even be invented or created yet.Five ways to become a ‘Search Sherpa’ for your own organization|Lisa Little|December 7, 2020|Search Engine Land
This week’s great value is an exhilarating pinot grigio from the mountains of northern Italy, paired with another that’s a bit more conventional though hardly boring.This $15 pinot grigio from Italy’s mountains is bracing and edgy|Dave McIntyre|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
These pads can also serve as a fun floating mechanism, turning a meager rapid into something much more exhilarating.The Gear You Need to Bring on a 225-Mile River Trip|Mitch Breton|September 6, 2020|Outside Online
For me, the research process was long but fairly exhilarating.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What was something that funny and exhilarating that I have experienced?'The Giver' Star Brenton Thwaites Knows You Think He's Too Old to Play Jonas|Kevin Fallon|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Watching the American support in the stands has been almost as exhilarating as watching the play.Portland Is Ground Zero for the Best Women’s Soccer in the World|Evelyn Shoop|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, when it comes to neutrinos, the stakes are exhilarating: Why does the sun shine?
Every minute has the high drama of first love, only far more exhilarating.Speed Read: 13 Juiciest Bits From Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’|Nico Hines|October 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They already furnish an exhilarating example of the difference between free governments and despotic misrule.Select Speeches of Daniel Webster|Daniel Webster
There was something strangely exhilarating in the air and the dusty office smelt of salt-pork and cheese.The Girl From Keller's|Harold Bindloss
It was a perfectly exhilarating experience to walk about on real earth once more.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont|Louis de Rougemont
Apparently we have this exhilarating entertainment all to ourselves, for the rest of the fifteen passengers have not appeared.Round the Wonderful World|G. E. Mitton
The nervous impulse that reaches the brain through the eye may be either exhilarating or depressing.Voice Production in Singing and Speaking|Wesley Mills