exhilarate

[ig-zil-uh-reyt]
verb (used with object), exhilarated, exhilarating.
1.
to enliven; invigorate; stimulate: The cold weather exhilarated the walkers.
2.
to make cheerful or merry.

Origin:
1530–40; < Latin exhilarātus past participle of exhilarāre to gladden, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + hilarāre to cheer (see hilarity); see -ate1

exhilaratingly, adverb
exhilarator, noun
unexhilarated, adjective
unexhilarating, adjective


1. animate, inspirit, elate. 2. cheer, gladden.


1, 2. depress.
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exhilarate (ɪɡˈzɪləˌreɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to make lively and cheerful; gladden; elate
 
[C16: from Latin exhilarāre, from hilarāre to cheer; see hilarious]
 
exhila'ration
 
n
 
ex'hilarative
 
adj
 
ex'hilaratory
 
adj

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exhilarate
1530s, from L. exhilaratus, pp. of exhilarare "gladden, cheer," from ex- "thoroughly" + hilarare "make cheerful," from hilarus "cheerful" (see hilarity). Related: Exhilarated; exhilarating.
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Example sentences
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.
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