- To exhilarate is defined as to energize, excite or make happy.
An example of to exhilarate is jumping into a cold swimming pool.
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 exhilarāre, exhilarāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex– + hilarāre, 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)