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exhilarate

[ig-zil-uh-reyt] /ɪgˈzɪl əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), exhilarated, exhilarating.
1.
to enliven; invigorate; stimulate:
The cold weather exhilarated the walkers.
2.
to make cheerful or merry.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin exhilarātus past participle of exhilarāre to gladden, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + hilarāre to cheer (see hilarity); see -ate1
Related forms
exhilaratingly, adverb
exhilarator, noun
unexhilarated, adjective
unexhilarating, adjective
Synonyms
1. animate, inspirit, elate. 2. cheer, gladden.
Antonyms
1, 2. depress.
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  • The blood and fury of combat exhilarate some people and mentally scar others, for reasons no one understands.
  • These things exhilarate as they threaten to stop the heart.
British Dictionary definitions for exhilarate

exhilarate

/ɪɡˈzɪləˌreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make lively and cheerful; gladden; elate
Derived Forms
exhilaration, noun
exhilarative, exhilaratory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exhilarāre, from hilarāre to cheer; see hilarious
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Word Origin and History for exhilarate
v.

1530s, from Latin exhilaratus "cheerful, merry," past participle of exhilarare "gladden, cheer," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + hilarare "make cheerful," from hilarus "cheerful" (see hilarity). Related: Exhilarated; exhilarating.

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