Definition of excite
- scenes to excite the hardest man to pity
- excite enthusiasm for the new regime
- —Arthur Knight
- excite an electromagnet
- excite a dynamo
ideas that excite young people
Our announcement excited the children.
The posters excited much interest in the show.
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build a fire under;
: 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)
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