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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Happy Birthday: Get involved in events or activities that excite you, but do so for the right reason. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: July 4, 2019," 4 July 2019 Hanna said Corsetti, the owner, was excited to see a groundhog in her car and took a lot of pictures. Alyssa Lukpat, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Check engine’ light leads to a surprise: a groundhog," 3 July 2019 The photographer Mia Warren and her teenage daughter Pearl live a freewheeling lifestyle that excites and intimidates the Richardsons, a clan of six led by the mannerly Elena. The Atlantic, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 28 June 2019 He and the rest of the Raptors are headed for the history books, and fans were excited to see one of the most famous NBA faces claim a historic title. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Toronto Raptors' Jeremy Lin is now the first Asian American to be crowned an NBA champ," 14 June 2019 Ariana Grande was nominated for nine awards, and fans were excited to see her rock the BBMAs stage. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "The Real Reason Ariana Grande Is Skipping Out on the 2019 BBMAs," 1 May 2019 Maisie wasn't the only cast member who was excited to see how the series ended. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Maisie Williams and Her Mom Wrote Out Their 'GOT' Predictions—and They Were Wrong About Everything," 31 Mar. 2019 Catarina, Felipe's mother, said her son was excited to accompany his father to the U.S., according to The Guardian. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "8-Year-Old Felipe Gomez Alonzo's Family and Community Is Mourning His Death in Border Patrol Custody," 2 Jan. 2019 One class of material that especially excites physicists is the topological insulator — and, more broadly, topological phases, whose theoretical foundations earned their discoverers a Nobel Prize in 2016. Quanta Magazine, "‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter," 25 Sep. 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 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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