Definition of excite
1a : to call to activityb : to rouse to an emotional response scenes to excite the hardest man to pityc : to arouse (something, such as a strong emotional response) by appropriate stimuli excite enthusiasm for the new regime — Arthur Knight
2a : energize excite an electromagnetb : 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
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 of excite from the Web
At Essence on the Strip, people were excited and well-behaved as a lone security guard looked on.
Serena became excited, like a small child, and Alexis bought her some.
But neuroscientists should be excited about this glimpse into the inner workings of our own brains.
A nosetackle in Buffalo who’s excited about the new regime, and a Vikings linebacker who sees dominance ahead in Minnesota. •
Genius supertemporal creations in all ages will excite people because any person tends, even unconsciously, to touch the great and eternal.
Frankly, the screen looks great, even if 1080p won’t excite many power users.
Excited to spend a week cruising the #Caribbean with her!
But now the Russian thing doesn't seem to excite Democrats anymore.
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Synonym Discussion of excite
EXCITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of excite for English Language Learners
: 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)
EXCITE Defined for Kids
Definition of excite for Students
1 : to stir up feeling in The announcement excited the children.
2 : to increase the activity of This chemical excites nerve cells.
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