What does exhilarate mean?

Definitions for exhilarate
ɪgˈzɪl əˌreɪtex·hil·a·rate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exhilarate, tickle pink, inebriate, thrill, exalt, beatifyverb

    fill with sublime emotion

    "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies"; "He was inebriated by his phenomenal success"


  1. exhilarateverb

    To make happy, cheer up.

  2. exhilarateverb

    To refreshingly thrill.

  3. exhilarateverb

    To bring new life to.

  4. Etymology: From exhilarare, from ex + hilarare, from hilaris.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    To make cheerful; to cheer; to fill with mirth; to enliven; to glad; to gladden.

    Etymology: exhilaro, Latin.

    The coming into a fair garden, the coming into a fair room richly furnished, a beautiful person, and the like, do delight and exhilarate the spirits much. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    The force of that fallacious fruit,
    That with exhilarating vapours bland
    About their spirits, had play’d, and inmost pow’rs
    Made err, was now exhal’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    Continual tide
    Flows from th’ exhilarating fount. Phillips.

    Let them thank
    Boon nature, that thus annually supplies
    Their vaults, and with her former liquid gifts
    Exhilarates their languid minds, within
    The golden mean confin’d. Phillips.


  1. exhilarate

    To exhilarate is to cause someone to feel very happy, enthusiastic, or elated, often due to a thrilling or stimulating event or experience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exhilarateverb

    to make merry or jolly; to enliven; to animate; to gladden greatly; to cheer; as, good news exhilarates the mind; wine exhilarates a man

  2. Exhilarateverb

    to become joyous

  3. Etymology: [L. exhilaratus, p. p. of exhilarare to gladden; ex out + hilarare to make merry, hilaris merry, cheerful. See Hilarious.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exhilarate

    egz-il′a-rāt, v.t. to make hilarious or merry: to enliven: to cheer.—adj. Exhil′arant, exhilarating: exciting joy, mirth, or pleasure.—n. an exhilarating medicine.—p.adj. Exhil′arāting, cheering: gladdening.—adv. Exhil′arātingly.—n. Exhilarā′tion, state of being exhilarated: joyousness.—adjs. Exhil′arātive, Exhil′arātory. [L. exhilarāre, -ātumex, inten., hilaris, cheerful.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exhilarate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exhilarate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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