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 This brought on some of the biggest losses and rebounds of the year, as investors factored the economic costs of the trade war into their forecasts and got excited by hopes of a deal to end the uncertainty. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Stocks had a stellar year in 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 Zedd fans, get excited for 2020: a new album might be on the way. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Is Zedd Finally Releasing a New Album in 2020?," 26 Dec. 2019 The app had scores of positive reviews, particularly from users in the UAE who were excited about its lack of restrictions. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Uninstall This Alleged Emirati Spy App From Your Phone Now," 22 Dec. 2019 Only about one percent of the electrons excited by incoming light went on to participate in a chemical reaction. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Photovoltaic… enzymes?," 19 Dec. 2019 The sight of a sky full of lightning gets a Homestead High School student excited for all of its possibilities. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Homestead student has become Mequon's 'chief meteorologist'," 16 Dec. 2019 Because little changes, there is little to report that will excite audiences. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why the Media Is Ignoring the Afghanistan Papers," 13 Dec. 2019 So when The Game, a spinoff of her series Girlfriends, premiered on The CW in 2006, fans were excited. Joi-marie Mckenzie, Essence, "A Definitive List Of The Best Black TV Shows Of The Decade," 24 Dec. 2019 The idea of adding more apartments to that site excites our members. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Burned North Beach building ignites new development battle," 21 Dec. 2019

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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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11 Jan 2020

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“Excite.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excite. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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How to pronounce excite (audio)

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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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