verb ex·cite \ik-ˈsīt, ek-\

: to cause feelings of enthusiasm in (someone) : to make (someone) feel energetic and eager to do something

: to cause (a particular emotion or reaction) to be felt or to happen

: to increase the activity of (something, such as nerve tissue)


Full Definition of EXCITE

transitive verb
a :  to call to activity
b :  to rouse to an emotional response <scenes to excite the hardest man to pity>
c :  to arouse (as a strong emotional response) by appropriate stimuli <excite enthusiasm for the new regime — Arthur Knight>
a :  energize <excite an electromagnet>
b :  to produce a magnetic field in <excite a dynamo>
:  to increase the activity of (as a living organism) :  stimulate
:  to raise (as an atomic nucleus, an atom, or a molecule) to a higher energy level
ex·cit·ed·ly \-ˈsī-təd-lē\ adverb

Examples of EXCITE

  1. ideas that excite young people
  2. Our announcement excited the children.
  3. The posters excited much interest in the show.

Origin of EXCITE

Middle English, from Anglo-French exciter, from Latin excitare, from ex- + citare to rouse — more at cite
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with EXCITE

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transitive verb ex·cite \ik-ˈsīt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EXCITE

:  to increase the activity of (as a living organism) :  stimulate
:  to raise (as an atomic nucleus, an atom, or a molecule) to a higher energy level


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