ex·​cite | \ ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce excite (audio) , ek-\
excited; exciting

Definition of excite

transitive verb

1a : to call to activity
b : to rouse to an emotional response scenes to excite the hardest man to pity
c : to arouse (something, such as a strong emotional response) by appropriate stimuli excite enthusiasm for the new regime— Arthur Knight
2a : energize excite an electromagnet
b : to produce a magnetic field in excite a dynamo
3 : to increase the activity of (something, such as a living organism) : stimulate
4 : to raise (an atomic nucleus, an atom, a molecule, etc.) to a higher energy level

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provoke, excite, stimulate, pique, quicken mean to arouse as if by pricking. provoke directs attention to the response called forth. my stories usually provoke laughter excite implies a stirring up or moving profoundly. news that excited anger and frustration stimulate suggests a rousing out of lethargy, quiescence, or indifference. stimulating conversation pique suggests stimulating by mild irritation or challenge. that remark piqued my interest quicken implies beneficially stimulating and making active or lively. the high salary quickened her desire to have the job

Examples of excite in a Sentence

ideas that excite young people Our announcement excited the children. The posters excited much interest in the show.
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Having worked on projects for ScHoolboy Q, The Internet, and DanceGavinDance, the 24-year-old who studied digital filmmaking was excited about Panini's remix out of pure nostalgia for the Cartoon Network series. Danielle Kwateng-clark, Teen Vogue, "Lil Nas X Used This WOC Animator to Create the "Panini" Remix Video," 13 Sep. 2019 That’s why archaeologists are excited about a recent discovery of artifacts from the battle. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Artifacts from the Final Battle of the English Civil War Uncovered During Road Project," 5 Sep. 2019 In the smaller theaters, there’s a special pleasure to be had when a cast sinks its teeth into a project that really excites and energizes them. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "‘Hamilton’ may have been king, but this latest Connecticut theater season was one of bold concepts, big challenges," 14 Aug. 2019 There’s been some major film and television news this week and trailer releases that have excited for what’s coming to our screens. Sydney Scott, Essence, "The New Trailer For 'Power' Is All About Betrayal," 9 Aug. 2019 And that exploration of truly something different for Archer as a character is exciting for us. James Hibberd, EW.com, "FX's Archer renewed for surprise season 11, reveals major changes," 20 July 2019 Fans of the musical are, depending on the case, both excited for and ready to pounce on director Tom Hooper’s decisions. Raisa Bruner, Time, "What's a Jellicle, Anyway? Everything You Need to Know About Cats Before the Movie Adaptation," 18 July 2019 The hopeful While some fans are excited for the newest Pistons' arrival, others are skeptical but hopeful Doumbouya will blossom into a great player. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how fans reacted to Detroit Pistons selecting Sekou Doumbouya," 20 June 2019 Leah Green, 15, played goalie on the Old Orchard Beach varsity field-hockey team and was excited for a second season on the Lady Gulls. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Eight-Player Football and a Single Cheerleader: School Sports Adapt to Fewer Students," 16 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of excite

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for excite

Middle English, from Anglo-French exciter, from Latin excitare, from ex- + citare to rouse — more at cite

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English Language Learners Definition of excite

: to cause feelings of enthusiasm in (someone) : to make (someone) feel energetic and eager to do something
: to cause (a particular emotion or reaction) to be felt or to happen
: to increase the activity of (something, such as nerve tissue)


ex·​cite | \ ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce excite (audio) \
excited; exciting

Kids Definition of excite

1 : to stir up feeling in The announcement excited the children.
2 : to increase the activity of This chemical excites nerve cells.
ex·​cite | \ ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce excite (audio) \
excited; exciting

Medical Definition of excite

1 : to increase the activity of (as a living organism) : stimulate
2 : to raise (as an atomic nucleus, an atom, or a molecule) to a higher energy level

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