Definition of exhilarating adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɪləreɪtɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɪləreɪtɪŋ//
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very exciting and enjoyable My first parachute jump was an exhilarating experience. Young people often find danger rather exhilarating. Synonymsexcitingdramatic heady thrilling exhilaratingThese words all describe an event, experience or feeling that causes excitement.exciting causing great interest or excitement:This is one of the most exciting developments in biology in recent years.dramatic (of events or scenes) exciting and impressive:They watched dramatic pictures of the police raid on TV.heady having a strong effect on your senses; making you feel excited and hopeful:the heady days of youththrilling exciting and enjoyable:Don’t miss next week’s thrilling episode!exhilarating very exciting and enjoyable:My first parachute jump was an exhilarating experience.exciting, thrilling or exhilarating?Exhilarating is the strongest of these words and exciting the least strong. Exciting is the most general and can be used to talk about any activity, experience, feeling or event that excites you. Thrilling is used especially for contests and stories where the ending is uncertain. Exhilarating is used especially for physical activities that involve speed and/​or danger.Patterns a(n) exciting/​dramatic/​heady/​thrilling/​exhilarating experience/​moment a(n) exciting/​dramatic/​heady atmosphere a(n) exciting/​dramatic/​thrilling finish/​finale/​victory/​win
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