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 One major cause for excitement is their announcement that Kendrick Lamar has agreed to headline the festival in 2021; Lamar had previously been slated to headline the 2020 event. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Kendrick Lamar Set to Headline 2021 Roskilde Festival: See Full Lineup," 30 Dec. 2020 And so there was considerable excitement in this video. CBS News, "Former senior CIA officer recalls killing of service members by suicide bomber," 30 Dec. 2020 But unlike the 2019-20 Warriors who slogged through a 15-50 season without Curry and Thompson, this iteration offers plenty of reasons for excitement. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors start to find identity as they end preseason with win over Kings," 17 Dec. 2020 But transfers like Warith Alatishe, Maurice Calloo and Rodrigue Andela, combined with a solid cast of returnees, left people believing there might be some excitement ahead this winter. oregonlive, "Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle livid with Beavers’ defense after an 87-86 loss to Portland Pilots: ‘We’ve got to stinking guard’," 10 Dec. 2020 For sheer excitement, the Juilliard String Quartet and Leon Fleisher will clue you to whatever is your sound source. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Please, can we all listen to some Brahms and learn to get along," 9 Dec. 2020 Brownlow and Casper seemed to take my alarm for excitement and began drawing up a list of writers to invite for these public conversations. Washington Post, "I didn’t think I understood modern poetry. The less I tried to get it, the more I came to love it.," 4 Dec. 2020 Sometimes strange is just a synonym for excitement. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns vs. Jaguars preview: Previewing Jacksonville and how they match up," 25 Nov. 2020 For all the excitement, hyperloops remain an unproven technology that attempts to modernize the idea of marrying trains to pneumatic tubes, and that idea was abandoned long ago for rail travel due to its limitations, among them speed and cost. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Hyperloop wants to change the world. Not everyone's convinced.," 20 Nov. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

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“Excitement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excitement. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce excitement (audio)

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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