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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After weeks of frenzied excitement and simmering expectation, football has pulled a Nabil Fekir, and is indeed not coming home. SI.com, "Why England's World Cup Campaign Wasn't the Heroic Overachievment the Hype Would Have You Believe," 12 July 2018 Just before midnight local time, Ivan Rakitic’s winning penalty ignited yet another celebration that was a mix of excitement and relief. Tim Booth, BostonGlobe.com, "Weary, banged-up Croatia resting up for England in semifinals," 8 July 2018 Just before midnight local time, Ivan Rakitic's winning penalty ignited yet another celebration that was a mix of excitement and relief. Tim Booth, chicagotribune.com, "Dalic: Croatia have 'power left for the English' after two wins in penalties," 8 July 2018 Its suggestions include: Programming that generates excitement and also forges connections with more of the community. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "After a bumpy season, the San Antonio Symphony in a stronger, sunnier place," 3 July 2018 The consumer tech giant's disruptive plan to replace theatrical cinema projection--around since the birth of the medium--with LED video screens has been met with a mix of excitement and skepticism from filmmakers and studios. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Samsung LED Cinema Screen, Canon HDR Monitors Among Engineering Honorees," 27 June 2018 Other games can boast excitement and running stories of achievement and defeat, but few are designed to so consistently offer this type of narrativized payoff. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Fortnite Is Everywhere, But It's Perfect on the Nintendo Switch," 23 June 2018 However, between the races failing to deliver much excitement and meager crowds populating the grandstands, the plug was pulled after three years. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar will not return to Phoenix in 2019," 22 June 2018 Over at Park Road Soda Shoppe, Glenn is still seeing a few new faces, people who came over to Park Road for the excitement and discovered her place. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Waiting in line at Shake Shack? There’s a better burger and shake (and it’s cheaper)," 14 June 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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