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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).]

ex·hil′a·ra′tive adj.
ex·hil′a·ra′tor n.
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a person who, or thing which, exhilarates
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It is a mental exhilarator. Yellow has a similar effect to orange.
* Hypertext -- the ability instantly to link an item on screen with many other relevant items in a vast ocean of information -- is obviously a powerful accelerator (and exhilarator) for learning.