ex·​cite·​ment | \ ik-ˈsīt-mənt How to pronounce excitement (audio) \

Definition of excitement

1 : something that excites or rouses
2 : the action of exciting : the state of being excited

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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Recent Examples on the Web Molly hugs him enthusiastically, drawing some looks from her other female colleagues in her excitement. Cate Young, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 On board, safely behind face masks, many passengers have been shrugging off the old discomforts of plane travel in their excitement at being in the air again. Paul Sillers, CNN, 24 Nov. 2021 Guthrie gasped in excitement and awe for the private concert, occasionally wiping tears from her cheek. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 Animal lovers interested in more dog show excitement will have to wait at least a few weeks. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 3 Jan. 2022 Be warned: Getting lost in the excitement of new technology development to the extent of flouting key regulatory structures is damaging. Nazariy Hazdun, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 The heart of a home often finds itself in the kitchen—the epicenter where new memories are forged, family and friends gather, and taste buds buzz in excitement. Isiah Magsino, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2021 His sister, Makena Lautner, shared in the couple's excitement and commented on the announcements. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 14 Nov. 2021 Tight end Matt Lynch nearly tackled Fernea in excitement. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of excitement

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of excitement was in 1604

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24 Jan 2022

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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 How to pronounce excitement (audio) \

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 How to pronounce excitement (audio) \

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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