Exciting or thrilling things might exhilarate you. If you love acting, just the thought of being on stage might exhilarate you, giving you a feeling of giddy excitement.

The Latin word exhilarare meant "to gladden" and exhilarate still holds a similar meaning today. If you feel down, maybe imagining a high, clear sky on a fresh, cool day can exhilarate your spirit. You found out that driving a race car exhilarates you but only makes your friend carsick. I hope you brought some rags.

Definitions of exhilarate
  1. verb
    fill with sublime emotion
    synonyms: beatify, exalt, inebriate, thrill, tickle pink
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    type of:
    elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
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