from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant.
  • intransitive v. Obsolete To leap upward, especially for joy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to rejoice, be very happy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be in high spirits; figuratively, to leap for joy; to rejoice in triumph or exceedingly; to triumph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To leap for joy; rejoice exceedingly; especially, to rejoice in triumph; triumph: as, to exult over a fallen adversary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. feel extreme happiness or elation
  • v. to express great joy


Latin exsultāre : ex-, ex- + saltāre, to dance, frequentative of salīre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exsultare, frequentative of exsilire ‘jump up’, from ex- + salire ‘jump, leap’. (Wiktionary)



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