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
When he left the snow he was excited, happy and exhilarated.
Exhilarated, the crowd began to throw rocks at the players.
It looks terrified and exhilarated as, for the first time, it feels the medium
  in which it will spend almost all of its life.
They had greeted him cheers, whistles and raised fists when he was unexpectedly
  introduced and were exhilarated to see him.
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