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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Passion Projects, a new series, looks at how San Antonians are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic by taking on activities that excite and inspire them. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Making art was once a career goal for S.A. woman; now it’s a way to cope with COVID-19 stresses," 31 Dec. 2020 Turnout will likely play a major role, which is why candidates are working to excite voters as time is winding down. Fox News, "Hip-hop artist who headlined Ossoff, Warnock event stirs controversy after screengrab emerges: report," 29 Dec. 2020 Seven targets in two games since returning from injury doesn’t excite me for Zach Ertz (PHI). Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football Week 15: Start and Sit (Playoff Edition)," 17 Dec. 2020 For every home chef or food lover on your list, there’s an event to excite their palate and give them something fun to look forward to. Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Best Food Experiences to Give as Gifts This Holiday," 17 Nov. 2020 The Italian fashion industry is moving to inject optimism into luxury’s dismal year, staging 23 live runway shows and 37 presentations during a hybrid live-digital Milan Fashion Week that aims to excite consumers and connect with the buying network. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, "Milan Fashion Week seeks optimism in hybrid live-digital shows: 'We need a little normalcy'," 23 Sep. 2020 Throughout his losing campaign, Trump put gun rights on the front burner, often using the divisive issue in an attempt to excite voters. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "FBI posts decline in Black Friday gun checks; still the fourth-largest one-day total ever," 30 Nov. 2020 Now 56, he is seen as a viable presidential contender, one of a small group of Republicans who could excite the Trumpist base without alienating the traditional G.O.P. establishment. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "Want to Inherit the G.O.P.? Be Prepared to Dance Around the Truth," 24 Nov. 2020 Knowing about this interaction, physicists can now avoid types of lasers that excite the complex. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Scientific American, "Ultracold Molecule Mystery Solved," 23 Nov. 2020

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

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21 Jan 2021

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“Excite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excite. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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)


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.
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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