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

Ben once had trouble hiding his, um, excitement on camera. Glamour, "10 Things From Hulu’s New Bachelor Special That Even I, a Superfan, Didn’t Know," 21 Mar. 2019 The second round of deals offers even more excitement, with one of our favorite drugstore mascaras, L’Oréal Voluminous mascara, on sale for just five bucks on March 17. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Target's 14 Days of Deals Event Is Packed With Beauty Products, and I Want It All," 13 Mar. 2019 The hugeness of this announcement wasn't lost on fans, who reacted with nothing but complete excitement on Twitter. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BLACKPINK Will Be the First Female K-Pop Group to Play Coachella," 3 Jan. 2019 Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez talks about his excitement on being selected to play in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Reds Beat Blog: Will the Reds be sellers or stand pat at the trade deadline?," 9 July 2018 Some camped out happily on the riverfront plaza and children ran and played on the grass awaiting the 2018 Ford Fireworks with excitement on a cool Monday night. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Boom! Firework display awes huge crowd in Detroit, Belle Isle, Windsor," 25 June 2018 For now, the above names, plus a few more, are the only brands participating in the beta launch, but there is excitement around the evolution of this new technology. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Instagram Made a Major Announcement This Morning And It May Change the Way You Shop Online," 19 Mar. 2019 Before Maroon 5's performance, the model posted a Boomerang of her musician hubby getting prepped with eye masks backstage and continued to show her excitement with footage from her seat ahead of the band's set. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Hit Up Shake Shack and Partied After the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 While there will be excitement in 2019 around the IPOs of Uber and Lyft, neither will be overselling its future self-driving taxi services. David Pierce, WSJ, "Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2019," 30 Dec. 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 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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