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Definition of "exhilarate" [ex•hil•a•rate]

  • To cause to feel happily refreshed and energetic; elate: We were exhilarated by the cool, pine-scented air. (verb-transitive)
  • To invigorate; stimulate: bold designs that exhilarate the viewer's imagination. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "exhilarate" in a sentence
  • "The west's threats must exhilarate the young bloods of the Revolutionary Guard and depress the opposition."
  • "They also still exhilarate him: Of course you get scared."
  • "Lead actor Andreas Lust (also seen in "Revanche," another chilly Austrian drama in which the moral calculus tallies up a psychological cliffhanger) portrays a kind of instinctual animal — or ascetic sociopath, take your pick — whose disciplined urges exhilarate, then implode."