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

Definition of excite

transitive verb

1a : 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 regime— Arthur Knight
2a : 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

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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 Make a list of the content and collaboration tools from across the web that will best engage, excite, connect and inspire your audience. Amber Allen, Forbes, 17 May 2022 What unanswered questions about the universe excite you most? Corinne Purtillstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 New industries that excite investors with the opportunity to ride a financial rocket into the stratospheres of wealth, but some companies that go public might not otherwise in less enthusiastic times. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 The task was to figure out which wavelength, or frequency, would excite as many cesium atoms as possible into emitting a packet of light, or photon. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Boylston, as a playful but commanding Kitri, and Simkin, as Basilio, her equally assertive beau, led an effervescent cast Thursday in a production geared to excite. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 Ultimately, the transformation agenda needs to inspire and excite not just employees but every stakeholder impacted by it. Thomas Lim, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 Kelly’s decision to leave Notre Dame after 12 seasons was shocking, but the Irish’s track record, including several appearances in the College Football Playoff, should excite the LSU fan base. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 16 Dec. 2021 The quick strike Vol offense should excite the fans on Rocky Top by scoring more points than any other team against the UGA defense, but in the end the Bulldogs should stay undefeated. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of excite

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

History and Etymology for excite

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

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“Excite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excite. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for excite


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

Kids Definition of excite

1 : to stir up feeling in The announcement excited the children.
2 : to increase the activity of This chemical excites nerve cells.


transitive verb
ex·​cite | \ ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce excite (audio) \
excited; exciting

Medical Definition of excite

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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