ex·​cite·​ment | \ik-ˈsīt-mənt \

Definition of excitement 

1 : something that excites or rouses

2 : the action of exciting : the state of being excited

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Examples of excitement in a Sentence

Our excitement was building as the end of the game approached. His hands shook with excitement. The child cried out in excitement. a trip filled with excitement and adventure She talked about the excitements of her new life. This job loses its excitement after a while.
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Gene therapy research in the 1990s generated headlines, excitement, expectations, and billions of dollars in investment — in an immature technology. Fred D. Ledley, STAT, "30 years is too long to wait for new medicines. There are ways to speed up drug development," 6 June 2018 While there was some skepticism, there was also a tremendous amount of excitement around the next generation stepping forward, stepping off of the sidelines and into the voting booth. Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "Meet Will Haskell, the 22-Year-Old Who Beat a Republican Who Had Been in Office as Long as He’s Been Alive," 14 Nov. 2018 Videos show her rolling in full of excitement and ready to help. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Cardi B Giving Away Free Coats in Brooklyn Is an Inspiration," 20 Oct. 2018 The Voice is only three weeks into this season's round of blind auditions, but there has already been plenty of excitement on the show. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "See Why This Couple's Audition on 'The Voice' Moved Kelly Clarkson to Tears," 8 Oct. 2018 There’s definitely some excitement for the new W hotel, too. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Liam Hemsworth's Top Australia Travel Tips," 2 Oct. 2018 Whiskey Lake doesn’t appear to offer much in the way of excitement, but could Amber Lake stand out as a low-power, fanless alternative to notebooks? Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's Whiskey Lake notebook chip launches, emphasizing connectivity this time around," 28 Aug. 2018 Robin is an alternative girl who wants some excitement in her life other than her normal job at Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Shop. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Stranger Things" Season 3 So Far," 16 July 2018 The two days at The Rock are for shifting attention between multiple games that, more often than not, have plenty of excitement. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With grand slams, comebacks and a walk-off trick play, Woodland baseball doesn't disappoint," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of excitement

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of excitement

: a feeling of eager enthusiasm and interest : the state of being excited

: exciting activity

: a quality that causes feelings of eager enthusiasm : an exciting quality


ex·​cite·​ment | \ik-ˈsīt-mənt \

Kids Definition of excitement

1 : something that stirs up feelings of great enthusiasm and interest The game was filled with excitement.

2 : a feeling of great enthusiasm and interest : the state of being excited The children squealed in excitement.


ex·​cite·​ment | \-ˈsīt-mənt \

Medical Definition of excitement 

1 : the act of exciting

2 : the state of being excited: as

a : aroused, augmented, or abnormal activity of an organism or functioning of an organ or part

b : extreme motor hyperactivity (as in catatonic schizophrenia or bipolar disorder)

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