tr.v. ex·hil·a·rat·ed, ex·hil·a·rat·ing, ex·hil·a·rates
1. To cause to feel happily refreshed and energetic; elate: We were exhilarated by the cool, pine-scented air.
2. To invigorate; stimulate: bold designs that exhilarate the viewer's imagination.
[Latin exhilarāre, exhilarāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see EX- + hilarāre, to make cheerful (from hilaris, hilarus, cheerful, from Greek hilaros).]
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