An example of to exhilarate is jumping into a cold swimming pool.
transitive verb-·rat·ed, -·rat·ing
- to make cheerful, merry, or lively
- to invigorate or stimulate
Origin of exhilaratefrom Classical Latin exhilaratus, past participle of exhilarare, to gladden from ex-, intensive + hilarare, to gladden from hilaris, glad: see hilarious
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)