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 About 15 minutes later, with the lake surface dotted by splashes from the trout getting acquainted with their new digs, LaFollette was the first to hook up, and an excitement raced around as everyone stopped to watch the first dinner leave the lake. BostonGlobe.com, "The trout bums are waiting," 2 Apr. 2021 The lonely Baron yearns for excitement, and this his imaginative companion readily provides, one madcap or mildly risque escapade following another, culminating in the German being mistaken for a bomb-throwing anarchist. Washington Post, "Cheer yourself up with light comedies from another era," 31 Mar. 2021 On the final day of a two-day virtual NFL Annual League meeting Wednesday, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam addressed the full ownership to address the excitement building over the NFL Draft coming to Cleveland April 29-May 1. cleveland, "Browns’ Jimmy Haslam addressed his fellow owners during the Annual Meeting about the NFL Draft excitement building in Cleveland," 31 Mar. 2021 But, right now, for Westeros fans, excitement is running high. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Stage adaptation of ‘Game of Thrones’ aims to hit Broadway in 2023," 31 Mar. 2021 Together with the nationwide nighttime curfew and the total closure of bars and restaurants since last October, it’s proving too much for many, who look south for excitement. Aritz Parra, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Europe, revelers flock to restriction-free Madrid," 30 Mar. 2021 Other than Cueto, the Giants are a bit thin in the excitement department. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Which Giants or A's player will be 2021's Mr. Excitement? The envelope, please ...," 27 Mar. 2021 Another part of it is a lot of excitement around NFTs. Kelvin Chan And Matt O'brien, USA TODAY, "'Excitement around NFTs:' Beeple reflects on selling digital NFT art for almost $70M," 26 Mar. 2021 But behind this excitement lies another, quieter, story: NFTs have an enormous environmental impact, one that should give artists and customers pause before jumping in on the trend. Erin Davis, Quartz, "The carbon footprint of creating and selling an NFT artwork," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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6 Apr 2021

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“Excitement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excitement. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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