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Definition of exhilarating adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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very exciting and enjoyable My first parachute jump was an exhilarating experience. Thesaurusexcitingdramatic thrilling exhilaratingThese words all describe an event, an experience, or a 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 saw dramatic pictures of the hurricane on TV.thrilling 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/thrilling/exhilarating experience/moment a(n) exciting/dramatic atmosphere a(n) exciting/dramatic/thrilling finish/finale/victory/win
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