[ ig-zuhlt ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant: They exulted over their victory.

  2. Obsolete. to leap, especially for joy.

Origin of exult

1560–70; <Latin ex(s)ultāre to leap up, equivalent to ex-ex-1 + -sultāre (combining form of saltāre to leap)

Other words for exult

Other words from exult

  • ex·ult·ing·ly, adverb
  • self-ex·ult·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with exult

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How to use exult in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for exult


/ (ɪɡˈzʌlt) /

  1. to be joyful or jubilant, esp because of triumph or success; rejoice

  2. (often foll by over) to triumph (over); show or take delight in the defeat or discomfiture (of)

Origin of exult

C16: from Latin exsultāre to jump or leap for joy, from saltāre to leap


See exalt

Derived forms of exult

  • exultation (ˌɛɡzʌlˈteɪʃən), noun
  • exultingly, adverb

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