- To exhilarate is defined as to energize, excite or make happy.
An example of to exhilarate is jumping into a cold swimming pool.
exhilarate definition by Webster's New World
- exhilarative adjective
exhilarate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ex·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: Latin exhilarāre, exhilarāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + hilarāre, to make cheerful (from hilaris, hilarus, cheerful, from Greek hilaros).
- ex·hilˈa·raˌtive adjective
- ex·hilˈa·raˌtor noun