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
- transitive v. To make merry or jolly; to enliven; to animate; to gladden greatly; to cheer
- intransitive v. To become joyous.
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
Latin exhilarāre, exhilarāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + hilarāre, to make cheerful (from hilaris, hilarus, cheerful, from Greek hilaros).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exhilarare ("to gladden, make merry, delight"), from ex ("from") + hilarare ("to cheer up, gladden"), from hilaris ("glad"). (Wiktionary)