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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web As a way to build more excitement, the trio of Friday performers will be announced Feb. 4. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "RodeoHouston 2020: NCT 127, Willie Nelson, Gwen Stefani, Khalid, Becky G," 9 Jan. 2020 Great success was met with unparalleled excitement, followed by crashing lows when during a slump. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Why Avalanche newcomer Andre Burakovksy is on course for a career-best season," 28 Dec. 2019 This day of excitement, Deangelo’s mother realized, was a gift in itself. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Finger: On West Side, a Spurs Santa finds strength to admire," 24 Dec. 2019 The excitement level for snowboarding at the PyeongChang Olympics was over the top. BostonGlobe.com, "John agreed the right thing to do was make a switch. We elevated snowboarding to third, and dropped freestyle skiing to sixth. The article was published, and the next day, I awoke to an email with the subject line, “Note from Jake Burton.”," 22 Nov. 2019 The crowd then erupts in screams of excitement, which only ramps up when Liam continues. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson Sang "Happy Birthday" to Niall Horan During the Coca-Cola Music Experience Festival," 15 Sep. 2019 It’s hard to see a face this festive and not feel a wave of holiday excitement. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "15 Makeup Looks That Will Get You In The Holiday Spirit," 23 Dec. 2019 Even better, the shocking cliffhanger ending indicates there’s a lot more excitement to come. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The best comics of 2019," 20 Dec. 2019 The new community-run event tried to emulate the feeling of community excitement that Nintendo’s official Splatfests used to elicit. Aron Garst, Ars Technica, "12 years later, players somehow keep Team Fortress 2 alive on the PS3," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

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“Excitement.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excitement. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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