Definition of excite
1a : to call to activityb : to rouse to an emotional response <scenes to excite the hardest man to pity>c : to arouse (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 (as a living organism) : stimulate
4 : to raise (as an atomic nucleus, an atom, or a molecule) 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.
Origin and Etymology of excite
Middle English, from Anglo-French exciter, from Latin excitare, from ex- + citare to rouse — more at cite
First Known Use: 14th century
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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