An example of to exhilarate is jumping into a cold swimming pool.
- to make cheerful, merry, or lively
- to invigorate or stimulate
Origin of exhilarate; from Classical Latin exhilaratus, past participle of exhilarare, to gladden ; from ex-, intensive + hilarare, to gladden ; from hilaris, glad: see hilarious
transitive verbex·hil·a·rat·ed, ex·hil·a·rat·ing, ex·hil·a·rates
- To cause to feel happily refreshed and energetic; elate: We were exhilarated by the cool, pine-scented air.
- To invigorate; stimulate: bold designs that exhilarate the viewer's imagination.
Origin of exhilarateLatin exhilarare, exhilarat- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex– + hilarare, to make cheerful (from hilaris, hilarus, cheerful, from Greek hilaros).
(third-person singular simple present exhilarates, present participle exhilarating, simple past and past participle exhilarated)