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

Examples of excited in a Sentence

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Watch the quick snippet below, and prepare to get as excited as the rest of the internet. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Watch the 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 Trailer That Premiered During the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 All the footage is spliced together with excited messages from fans on Twitter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Sneak Peek: Here's Your First Look at Brianna and Jamie's Emotional Introduction," 29 Dec. 2018 O’Rourke has excited donors and activists who are now prodding him to seek the presidency. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run," 12 Dec. 2018 Princess Diana had previously worn that particular diadem numerous times before Kate did, but the connection to Duchess's late mother-in-law wasn't what had royal watchers particularly excited about this ensemble. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The First Photos of Kate Middleton Wearing an Special Honor From the Queen Are Breathtaking," 24 Oct. 2018 Browse through the photos at the top of this story to see more of the excited Cionel Perez during his Major League debut. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Look how happy Astros rookie Cionel Perez was to make his big league debut," 12 July 2018 This HuffPost story opens with a candidate forum in Michigan, 600 miles from New York, where the mere mention of Ocasio-Cortez’s name elicits excited cheers from the crowd. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "An Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reading List," 10 July 2018 Camila Mendes was also super excited for her beau and posted the big news on her Instagram story with a cute sticker. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Vanessa Hudgens and Charles Melton Are Co-Starring in a Movie Together!," 21 Dec. 2018 People who live and do business on the Bench are excited — though not without reservations — about the prospect of removing a 60-year-old fuel tank farm and replacing it with something to better their neighborhoods. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A 60-year-old fuel terminal could leave Boise’s Bench. Here’s what could replace it.," 11 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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