ex·​cit·​ed ik-ˈsī-təd How to pronounce excited (audio)
: 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
excitedly adverb
talking excitedly

Examples of excited in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Saweetie, the opportunity to collaborate excited her as Smirnoff products have been a staple at her familial gatherings, even though this was her first foray into the world of pickleball. Kenneth J. Williams Jr., Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The Hornets’ head coach was excited to bring in Curry, whom the team added along with Grant Williams in the trade that sent P.J. Washington to the Dallas Mavericks. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024 Chrysler’s electric future may be worth getting excited about. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2024 The singer was accompanied by house band the Roots, with the excited audience dancing along. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2024 But Drew Endy, an associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, feels excited at the prospect of how these plants can be used, including as a replacement for artificial lighting indoors. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Feb. 2024 Javiera’s children were excited about Pedro’s role in The Last of Us Javiera’s kids, Bruno and Pedro, urged the Mandalorian actor to secure his starring role in The Last of Us. Ilana Frost, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 Banks also said that London and York planned to watch her host Dancing with the Stars, although York was less excited about it. Jamie Ballard, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2024 My family, my friends, were all really excited about it. Charlottefive Staff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of excited was in 1855

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“Excited.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excited. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having or showing strong feeling
excited about the trip
excitedly adverb

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