ex·​cite | \ik-ˈsīt, 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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Performing is what Beyoncé does best, so this is exciting for her fandom. refinery29.com, "Okay Beyhive, Let's Go Over Everything We Know About OTR II," 7 June 2018 As if that wasn’t enough to be excited about, Parton will also serve as singer-songwriter, executive producer and appear in the series. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "A Dolly Parton Series Is Headed to Netflix!," 4 June 2018 Taylor Swift is hard at work making sure that her upcoming Reputation tour is exciting for fans. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift's "Reputation" Tour Will Have a Special Room Backstage for Lucky Fans," 29 Apr. 2018 But seeing that many women involved was exciting for Gifford. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Judge Patricia Gifford, who presided over the Mike Tyson rape trial, dies at 79," 14 Apr. 2018 The Emmy nominations were released this morning, and while there are always some notable snubs (justice for Jodie Comer!) there’s plenty to be excited about among this year’s contenders. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Sandra Oh and Issa Rae Finally Got the Emmy Nods They Deserve," 12 July 2018 Cooper was excited to meet a pirate walking in the parade. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin celebrates Fourth of July with parade through neighborhoods," 4 July 2018 Once Stormi Webster was born though, Kylie was excited to share her journey of motherhood with the world—for a while, anyway. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Broke Her Own Ban on Posting Pictures of Stormi," 1 July 2018 Cynthia Jones, 57, who sat on a bench on the lawn of City Hall, was excited to see some of her favorite gospel artists and celebrate the anniversary of the organization. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Houston NAACP celebrates 100th anniversary," 1 July 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
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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