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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The 1980s held some excitement for Johnson, as she was named the state teacher of the year. Steven Goode, courant.com, "This Bloomfield teacher retired 21 years ago - but returned to the classroom three months later. She’s still at it.," 13 June 2019 And the excitement for the coming season will only build. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns 2019: What are your expectations for this season? (poll)," 12 June 2019 The change may be met with trepidation, excitement, anxiety, and uncertainty. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn Sullivan: Mental illness: Breaking the silence and making a plan," 9 June 2019 Rapturous word of mouth fueled increasing excitement for each successive show, and the third was described at the time as the fastest sellout in the venue's history. al.com, "Alison Krauss to return to Mobile Saenger Theatre," 3 June 2019 Patrick Zachmann / Magnum Photos To stroll through Tiananmen Square that soft spring day in mid-May 1989 was to experience an atmosphere of excitement, hope and optimism unparalleled in recent Chinese history. Orville Schell, WSJ, "Tiananmen: The Crackdown That Defined Modern China," 31 May 2019 Whoever’s in the arena is enjoying the excitement of the game. Janie Mccauley, The Seattle Times, "Fresh off loss at Golden State, Clippers return for playoffs," 13 Apr. 2019 Naiman and Michler led a conversation covering upcoming trends, the importance of color, and the excitement of Hudson Yards. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Kate Spade Inaugurates Its Hudson Yards Store With a Colorful Cocktail Party," 11 Apr. 2019 Their plans for an early night went awry due to the excitement of having all their favorite people in one place. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Two Ultra-Stylish Brides Dreamed Up the Ultimate Countryside Wedding," 21 Feb. 2019

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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 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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