excite

verb

ex·​cite ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce excite (audio)
ek-
excited; exciting

transitive verb

1
a
: to call to activity
b
: to rouse to an emotional response
scenes to excite the hardest man to pity
c
: to arouse (something, such as a strong emotional response) by appropriate stimuli
excite enthusiasm for the new regimeArthur Knight
2
a
: energize
excite an electromagnet
b
: to produce a magnetic field in
excite a dynamo
3
: to increase the activity of (something, such as a living organism) : stimulate
4
: to raise (an atomic nucleus, an atom, a molecule, etc.) to a higher energy level
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of excite in a Sentence

ideas that excite young people Our announcement excited the children. The posters excited much interest in the show.
Recent Examples on the Web These are the 50 establishments in the United States that excite us most right now. Eric Kim, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Tina Childress, an audiologist and advocate for accessibility in the arts, is excited by the variety of accessibility services now available to hard-of-hearing theatergoers. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 Her kids are getting excited, too, about adding another sibling to the family. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 In considering the destinations that excite us the most for 2024, there’s an overarching sense of possibility. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 In the clip that aired, Ross (David Schwimmer) runs into the room, excited that he’s getting married that day, while Chandler’s in bed trying not to seem suspicious. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 Andreas Nieder, chair in animal physiology at the University of Tübingen in Germany Nieder was excited by the deeper questions the work presented about the development of mathematical ability. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Quanta Magazine, 9 Nov. 2023 Other actors were excited by the prospect of a cast reunion. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 1 Nov. 2023 Jermaine Antwine and other Stellantis workers picketing outside the automaker’s Sterling Heights, Michigan, were excited Saturday after hearing news of a tentative deal. Tom Krisher, Fortune, 28 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French exciter, from Latin excitare, from ex- + citare to rouse — more at cite

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of excite was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Excite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excite. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

excite

verb
ex·​cite ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce excite (audio)
excited; exciting
1
: to stir up feeling in
ideas that excite young people
2
: to cause to be felt or done
excite admiration
posters excited interest in the show
3
b
: to produce a magnetic field in
4
: to increase the activity of (as nervous tissue) : stimulate
5
: to raise (as an atom) to a higher energy level
exciter noun

Medical Definition

excite

transitive verb
ex·​cite ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce excite (audio)
excited; exciting
1
: to increase the activity of (as a living organism) : stimulate
2
: to raise (as an atomic nucleus, an atom, or a molecule) to a higher energy level

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