from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to feel happily refreshed and energetic; elate: We were exhilarated by the cool, pine-scented air.
- transitive v. To invigorate; stimulate: bold designs that exhilarate the viewer's imagination.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make happy, cheer up.
- v. To refreshingly thrill.
- v. To bring new life to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To become joyous.
- transitive v. To make merry or jolly; to enliven; to animate; to gladden greatly; to cheer
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make cheerful, lively, or merry; render glad or joyous; cheer; enliven; gladden.
- Synonyms To animate, inspirit, elate.
- To become cheerful or joyous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. fill with sublime emotion
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.
Its current show, Kooza, now playing at Randall's Island Park, continues to exhilarate.
At first these photos seemed to exhilarate her, but soon she grew to hate the Vineland pictures, because she felt that the shots were “out of control.”
The dramatic, satisfying climax and deftly handled resolution of the many plot threads will convince and exhilarate readers.
This was not an observation to exhilarate her spirits.
What cookery, masking, mirth to exhilarate his person?
As soon as Euryalus departed from Senes, Lucretia, his paramour, never looked up, no jests could exhilarate her sad mind, no joys comfort her wounded and distressed soul, but a little after she fell sick and died.
One of the Roman emperors had a seed, which he did ordinarily eat to exhilarate himself.