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

exhilarating (ɪɡˈzɪləˌreɪtɪŋ)
 
adj
causing strong feelings of excitement and happiness: an exhilarating helicopter trip
 
ex'hilaratingly
 
adv

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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
It was as horrific and exhilarating as it sounds.
There are exhilarating moments, and there are some undeniably tense scenes.
It was one of the more exhilarating marine experiences I've ever had.
Building to an exhilarating conclusion, this book cries out for a sequel.
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