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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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  • When he left the snow he was excited, happy and exhilarated.
  • 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.
  • They are exhilarated to relax on the deck in the chill.
  • He and the other group members are exhilarated and want to hear more.
  • He possessed a junkyard-dog toughness and moral clarity that left his deputies exhilarated.
  • Afterward the spectators appeared exhilarated but slightly shell shocked.
  • Nevin found them exhilarated by their challenging schoolwork and the prospect of well-adjusted and successful lives.
  • He's a trouper, not a maestro energized and exhilarated by power.
  • exhilarated, the crowd began to throw rocks at the players.
British Dictionary definitions for exhilarated

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 exhilarated

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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