AskDefine | Define exhilarate

Dictionary Definition

exhilarate v : fill with sublime emotion; tickle pink (exhilarate is obsolete in this usage); "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies"; "He was inebriated by his phenomenal success" [syn: inebriate, thrill, exalt, beatify]

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English

Etymology

  • Latin ex, "from" + "hilarare", "to cheer up".

Verb

  1. To be refreshingly thrilled.
  2. To bring new life to.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amuse, animate, arouse, beguile, boost, brace, brace up, brighten, brisk, brisken, buck up, buoy, buoy up, cheer, chirk up, convulse, delight, divert, dynamize, electrify, embue, encourage, energize, enliven, entertain, excite, fillip, fire, fortify, fracture one, fresh up, freshen, freshen up, galvanize, give a lift, gladden, hearten, imbue, infect, inflame, inform, infuse, infuse life into, inject, inoculate, inspire, inspirit, invigorate, jazz up, kill, kindle, knock dead, lift, liven, loosen up, pep up, perk up, pick up, pique, provoke, quicken, raise a laugh, raise a smile, reanimate, recreate, refresh, refreshen, regale, reinvigorate, rejoice, rejoice the heart, relax, renew, resuscitate, revive, revivify, rouse, send, set up, sharpen, slay, snap up, solace, spirit, spirit up, stimulate, thrill, tickle, titillate, uplift, vitalize, vivify, warm, whet, wow, zip up
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