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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Recent Examples on the Web Be ready to excite the kid, and possibly their parents and teachers too! Popular Science, "Toys and science gifts for kids of all ages," 17 Feb. 2021 The final bill bore ample resemblance to a $1 trillion summertime package put together by Senate Republican leaders, which failed to excite many GOP senators. Andrew Taylor, ajc, "Congress rushes toward vote on $900B COVID relief bill," 21 Dec. 2020 Kelly Oubre, pleased to be part of the starting unit, is a full-fledged entertainer who lives to excite. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ first mission has always been: Leave fans wanting more," 18 Dec. 2020 Volunteers at the polls were trying to excite the crowd at the front of the line with cheers. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live voting updates: Musicians bringing their craft to polling places," 3 Nov. 2020 The event brought new attention to a technology that has so far failed to excite consumers. Derek Hall, WSJ, "Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson, Twitter: Stocks That Defined the Week," 16 Oct. 2020 Chief Executive Officer Mark Russell tried to excite investors on the company’s Aug. 4 debut earnings call about Nikola World, promising the event would have a number of high-profile announcements. Fortune, "Nikola postpones conference where its electric pickup was supposed to debut," 30 Sep. 2020 In Nikola’s debut earnings call on Aug. 4, CEO Russell tried to excite investors about Nikola World, promising the event would have a number of high-profile announcements. David Welch, Bloomberg.com, "Nikola Postpones Forum Where Electric Pickup Was to Debut," 30 Sep. 2020 That is somehow inherent in our programming, to excite us and bring us meaning. New York Times, "Keegan-Michael Key Will Do Anything for a Laugh," 1 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of excite was in the 14th century

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26 Feb 2021

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“Excite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excite. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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