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excite

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verb ex·cite \ik-ˈsīt, ek-\

Simple Definition of excite

  • : 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

ex·cit·edex·cit·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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>

  3. 2 a :  energize <excite an electromagnet> b :  to produce a magnetic field in <excite a dynamo>

  4. 3 :  to increase the activity of (as a living organism) :  stimulate

  5. 4 :  to raise (as an atomic nucleus, an atom, or a molecule) to a higher energy level

ex·cit·ed·ly play \-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

Synonym Discussion of excite

provoke, excite, stimulate, pique, quicken mean to arouse as if by pricking. provoke directs attention to the response called forth <my stories usually provoke laughter>. excite implies a stirring up or moving profoundly <news that excited anger and frustration>. stimulate suggests a rousing out of lethargy, quiescence, or indifference <stimulating conversation>. pique suggests stimulating by mild irritation or challenge <that remark piqued my interest>. quicken implies beneficially stimulating and making active or lively <the high salary quickened her desire to have the job>.

Rhymes with excite

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EXCITED Defined for Kids

excited

adjective ex·cit·ed \ik-ˈsī-təd\

Definition of excited

  1. :  very enthusiastic and eager <She is excited about the trip.>

ex·ci·ted·ly adverb



Medical Dictionary

excite

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transitive verb ex·cite \ik-ˈsīt\

Medical Definition of excite

ex·cit·edex·cit·ing

  1. 1:  to increase the activity of (as a living organism) :  stimulate

  2. 2:  to raise (as an atomic nucleus, an atom, or a molecule) to a higher energy level





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