ex·​cit·​ed | \ ik-ˈsī-təd How to pronounce excited (audio) , 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 How to pronounce excitedly (audio) , ek-​ \ adverb
talking excitedly

Examples of excited in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Specifically, light from excited hydrogen atoms of the superflare displayed an amount of high-energy electrons roughly one order of magnitude greater than typical flares from our sun, the researchers said. Fox News, "Gigantic 'superflare' spotted on nearby star," 14 July 2020 He was relieved to hear a season would happen, and excited to get to the field. oregonlive, "Wild Wild West League opening night brings live team sports back to Oregon," 12 July 2020 Beaman is feeling excited about the future of biking in San Francisco. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "SF man’s new pandemic calling: Putting left-for-dead bikes back on the road," 12 July 2020 The man appeared very excited but denied using any drugs or alcohol. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Man accused of burglary, robbery said people were trying to kill him: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 11 July 2020 Thanks to the connection between your brain and your gut, stress—the excited kind and the nervous kind—can play a role in exacerbating IBS. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "7 Ways You Could Accidentally Be Making Your IBS Worse," 10 July 2020 When Jordan and the Bengals do get back on the field, the left guard is excited to be reunited with quarterback Joe Burrow. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bengals guard Michael Jordan ready to take game 'further' in second season," 8 July 2020 On social media, the anonymous criminal became the object of excited speculation. New York Times, "Leila Slimani," 8 July 2020 As of the week of June 8, Generation Z, millennials and travelers in the South were the most excited about travel in the next month and were open to travel inspiration, according to Destination Analysts, a travel and tourism market research firm. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'N95 mask and hand sanitizer at the ready': The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the future of Gen Z travel," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of excited

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of excited was in 1855

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1 Aug 2020

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“Excited.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excited. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce excited (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of excited

: very enthusiastic and eager about something


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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