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 After that season, with the anticipated return of MVP-caliber quarterback Andrew Luck under NFL Honors AFC Coach of the year Frank Reich, the excitement level around Colts Nation was sky high. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts anticipate small drop in season ticket renewals, but new sales trending up," 20 Feb. 2020 Adding to the excitement, RodeoHouston is launching several new attractions this year, according to a Monday release. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Here's what's new at RodeoHouston this year," 18 Feb. 2020 New football coach Mel Tucker is expected to add to Saturday night’s excitement level at Breslin Center. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "No. 25 Michigan State basketball vs. No. 9 Maryland: Scouting report, prediction," 15 Feb. 2020 Their choices reveal the power of mirrors and the excitement of windows. Melissa Harris Perry, Glamour, "19 Women of Color on the Books That Made Them Fall in Love With Reading," 14 Feb. 2020 But almost as quickly as the excitement of mysterious black budget UFO programs crashed ashore, so, too, came vexing waves of criticism, confusion, and controversy. Tim Mcmillan, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Pentagon's Secret UFO Program," 14 Feb. 2020 But Bono, who is all of two years old, wasn’t pressed by the excitement. Raisa Bruner, Time, "'He Looks Into Your Soul When He Looks At You.' Meet Bono the Havanese, the Westminster Dog Show's Most Diminutive Rock Star With the 'It Factor' to Go the Distance," 12 Feb. 2020 Apple’s success is largely owing to the iPhone 11, with its more affordable price tag and the excitement around the dual and triple cameras. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "iPhone 11 breathes life back into Apple in India," 29 Jan. 2020 Despite his age and extremist views, Sanders seemed better able to harness the excitement and energy of the Democratic base than the woman who was supposed to break the political glass ceiling. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Hillary’s Bernie-Bashing Will Backfire," 23 Jan. 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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25 Feb 2020

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“Excitement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excitement. Accessed 28 Feb. 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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