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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Garner also posted a collage of images from the video on her Instagram Story, because one post was not enough to contain her excitement. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Garner and Ariana Grande Just Gushed About the '13 Going on 30' Tribute in the "Thank U, Next" Video on Instagram," 1 Dec. 2018 Kids rush from home to home trick-or-treating, sometimes darting out into the road in their excitement. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Halloween is a scary night to be a pedestrian," 30 Oct. 2018 In fact, Levine hit his buttons about two or three times in excitement. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "'The Voice' Fans Are Furious With Kelly Clarkson for Choosing Cody Ray Over SandyRedd," 16 Oct. 2018 Little People, Big World fans couldn't contain their excitement over the precious moment. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Matt Roloff Takes to Instagram to Address Fans' Concerns About Jackson's Bruise," 28 Sep. 2018 Jenner took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the news, which has makeup lovers everywhere virtually jumping up and down in excitement. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Kylie Cosmetics Is Coming to Ulta for the Holidays," 30 Aug. 2018 The Stranger Things star and the Dance Moms alum ran into each other on the pink carpet at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Monday night, and couldn’t contain their excitement. Megan Friedman, Seventeen, "Millie Bobby Brown and Maddie Ziegler Had the Cutest BFF Moment at the VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 The humid morning was reminiscent of my first-ever 3-mile run with the cross-country team, all of us huddled together in nervous excitement. Amy Rushlow, SELF, "Running Changed My Life When I Was a Teen—and Now It’s Helping Me Find Myself Again," 26 July 2018 Members of far-right groups, however, could barely contain their excitement. Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times, "75-Year-Old Mayor Is Attacked in Greece, and Nationalists Rejoice," 21 May 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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