transitive verb (-rated; -rating) Etymology: Latin exhilaratus, past participle of exhilarare, from ex- + hilarare to gladden, from hilarus cheerful — more at hilarious Date: 1540 1. to make cheerful and excited ; enliven, elate <
was exhilarated by her success
2. refresh, stimulateexhilaratingly adverbexhilarative adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Exhilarate — Ex*hil a*rate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exhilarated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exilarating}.] [L. exhilaratus, p. p. of exhilarare to gladden; ex out + hilarare to make merry, hilaris merry, cheerful. See {Hilarious}.] To make merry or jolly; to enliven; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Exhilarate — Ex*hil a*rate, v. i. To become joyous. [R.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exhilarate — index spirit Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • exhilarate — 1530s, from L. exhilaratus cheerful, merry, pp. of exhilarare gladden, cheer, from ex thoroughly (see EX (Cf. ex )) + hilarare make cheerful, from hilarus cheerful (see HILARITY (Cf. hilarity)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • exhilarate — [v] make very happy animate, boost, buoy, cheer, commove, delight, elate, enliven, exalt, excite, gladden, inspire, inspirit, invigorate, juice*, lift, pep up*, perk up*, pick up, put zip into*, quicken, rejoice, send, snap up*, stimulate, thrill …   New thesaurus

  • exhilarate — ► VERB ▪ cause to feel very happy or animated. DERIVATIVES exhilaratingly adverb exhilaration noun. ORIGIN Latin exhilarare make cheerful …   English terms dictionary

  • exhilarate — [eg zil′ə rāt΄, igzil′ə rāt΄] vt. exhilarated, exhilarating [< L exhilaratus, pp. of exhilarare, to gladden < ex , intens. + hilarare, to gladden < hilaris, glad: see HILARIOUS] 1. to make cheerful, merry, or lively 2. to invigorate or… …   English World dictionary

  • exhilarate — UK [ɪɡˈzɪləreɪt] / US [ɪɡˈzɪləˌreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms exhilarate : present tense I/you/we/they exhilarate he/she/it exhilarates present participle exhilarating past tense exhilarated past participle exhilarated to make someone feel… …   English dictionary

  • exhilarate — verb a) To make happy, cheer up. Many such tricks are ordinarily put in practice by great men, to exhilarate themselves and others, all which are harmless jests, and have their good uses. b) To be refreshingly thrilled. See Also: exhilaration …   Wiktionary

  • exhilarate — exhilaratingly, adv. exhilarator, n. /ig zil euh rayt /, v.t., exhilarated, exhilarating. 1. to enliven; invigorate; stimulate: The cold weather exhilarated the walkers. 2. to make cheerful or merry. [1530 40; < L exhilaratus ptp. of exhilarare… …   Universalium

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