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