excite

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verb ex·cite \ik-ˈsīt, ek-\

Definition of excite

excited

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exciting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2a :  energize excite an electromagnetb :  to produce a magnetic field in excite a dynamo

  4. 3 :  to increase the activity of (something, such as a living organism) :  stimulate

  5. 4 :  to raise (an atomic nucleus, an atom, a molecule, etc.) to a higher energy level

Examples of excite in a Sentence

  1. ideas that excite young people

  2. Our announcement excited the children.

  3. The posters excited much interest in the show.

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Origin and Etymology of excite

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

Synonym Discussion of excite

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

EXCITE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

excite

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verb ex·cite \ik-ˈsīt\

Definition of excite for Students

excited

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exciting

  1. 1 :  to stir up feeling in The announcement excited the children.

  2. 2 :  to increase the activity of This chemical excites nerve cells.


Medical Dictionary

excite

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transitive verb ex·cite \ik-ˈsīt\

Medical Definition of excite

excited

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exciting

  1. 1:  to increase the activity of (as a living organism) :  stimulate

  2. 2:  to raise (as an atomic nucleus, an atom, or a molecule) to a higher energy level



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