November 23, 2012
exult (verb)
\ig-ZULT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to be very joyous : rejoice
How do you use it?
Since the team had another game the following day, they had little time to exult in their semi-final victory.
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What do you think is the meaning of the Latin word that gave rise to "exult"?

Did answer C leap out at you? "Exult" comes ultimately from the Latin verb "saltare," which means "to leap." Long ago, "exult" meant "to leap for joy," and it quickly came to mean "to rejoice." "Saltare" is the source of some other English words as well. Combined with the prefix "re-," it became "resultare," (Latin for "to rebound"), the parent of our verb "result." When an action "results" in something, it "rebounds" or "leaps back." A less widely used "saltare" word is the noun "saltation." It means "the action of leaping or jumping" and is also a synonym of "dance."
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