verb (used without object), ju·bi·lat·ed, ju·bi·lat·ing.

to show or feel great joy; rejoice; exult.
to celebrate a jubilee or joyful occasion.

Origin of jubilate

1595–1605; < Latin jūbilātus (past participle of jūbilāre to shout for joy), equivalent to jūbil- shout + -ātus -ate1
Related formsju·bi·la·to·ry [joo-buh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdʒu bə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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Related Words for jubilating

bully, glory, crow, revel, brag, gloat, bluster, triumph, vaunt

Examples from the Web for jubilating

Historical Examples of jubilating

  • And after glaring at me wildly he would go on, jubilating and sneering.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • Suddenly Leonore called back in jubilating tones, "Salo, Salo, did you hear?"


    Johanna Spyri

  • The boy had done his jubilating too soon, and the sight of Brisco and Spangler filled him with panic.

  • The colossal tomfoolery—the—the indecent way people were jubilating over the greatest disaster in history.

    The Messenger

    Elizabeth Robins

British Dictionary definitions for jubilating


verb (intr)

to have or express great joy; rejoice
to celebrate a jubilee

Word Origin for jubilate

C17: from Latin jūbilāre to raise a shout of joy; see jubilant



RC Church Church of England the 100th psalm used as a canticle in the liturgy
a musical setting of this psalm

Word Origin for Jubilate

from the opening word (Jubilate make a joyful noise) of the Vulgate version
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Word Origin and History for jubilating



"make a joyful noise," 1640s, from Latin jubilatus, past participle of jubilare (see jubilant). Related: Jubilated; jubilating.

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