excited

adjective ex·cit·ed \ ik-ˈsī-təd , ek- \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

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

excitedly

play \ik-ˈsī-təd-lē, ek-\ adverb
    • talking excitedly

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First Known Use of excited

1855

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EXCITED Defined for Kids

excited

adjective ex·cit·ed \ ik-ˈsī-təd \

Definition of excited for Students

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

excitedly

adverb


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