ex·​cit·​ed | \ik-ˈsī-təd, ek-\

Definition of excited 

: having, showing, or characterized by a heightened state of energy, enthusiasm, eagerness, etc. : feeling or showing excitement I noticed that John's manner was somewhat unusual. He seemed very excited and restless.— Agatha Christie The children were too excited to sleep. … no one in Washington seems to regard this particular revelation as anything to get excited about.— Michael Kinsley

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Other Words from excited

excitedly \ ik-​ˈsī-​təd-​lē , ek-​ \ adverb
talking excitedly

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So sure, get your exploration on—but get just as excited for the post-adventure crash. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Clio Harralson Another great part about being an entrepreneur in college is that there’s a lot of resources available to you because people are just excited to help you. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "This startup for college students is trying to make shopping for theme parties easier," 3 Oct. 2018 Remigino was still walking around in a daze when Parry O’Brien, the American who won the shot-put that day, shook him, lifted him on a shoulder and told him to get excited. New York Times, "Lindy Remigino, Olympic Champion Runner, Is Dead at 87," 12 July 2018 Barrett — a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall — excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings last year. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 When the line tugs for the first time, youngsters get very excited, Gilbert said. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Give fishing a try at annual Gurnee event," 3 July 2018 Once your seller is on board with selling you their home, do not get too excited. Gary M. Singer, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Ask a real estate pro: Tips to make house hunting easier," 29 June 2018 Either way, this one snap has gotten us very excited for what will no doubt be a f*cked-up-in-a-good-way movie—and inspired to start shopping for fall. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio Are Shooting a New Movie or a Balenciaga Ad Campaign," 28 June 2018 So who can blame anyone on the hill for getting a wee bit excited upon hearing a rumor that Taylor Swift would be at the Russell Senate Office building on Wednesday for a meeting? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Senate Interns Searching for Phantom Taylor Swift Prove How Quickly Rumors Can Spread," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of excited

1855, in the meaning defined above

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ex·​cit·​ed | \ik-ˈsī-təd\

Kids Definition of excited

: very enthusiastic and eager She is excited about the trip.

Other Words from excited

excitedly adverb

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