excite

verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: 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 regimeArthur Knight
2
a
: 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
Choose the Right Synonym for excite

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The two were excited, as were hundreds of thousands of other fans, to celebrate the Chiefs’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 23 Feb. 2024 Some technologists are excited by the prospect of a great leap forward in robot understanding, but others are more skeptical, pointing to LLMs' occasional weird mistakes, biased language and privacy violations. David Berreby, Scientific American, 20 Feb. 2024 Adjusting curriculums and lesson plans in this way can excite students and awaken their minds to new possibilities. Shelli Brunswick, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Fan Service The Biden-Harris campaign seems eager to engage and excite a specific crowd, which consists of people who are part of either the Democratic establishment or an overly online crowd that has developed an intense fandom around electoral politics. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2024 Part of you might be excited for the possibility of doing something adventurous. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 5 Feb. 2024 Others publicize polling showing razor-thin margins in order to excite — or outright scare — donors and grassroots supporters. Leah Askarinam, ABC News, 7 Feb. 2024 Next week, Spencer will presumably announce something sure to excite or enrage hardcore Xbox fans. Megan Farokhmanesh, WIRED, 6 Feb. 2024 Yet the prospect of merging our courses excited me for a kind of parochial reason, as well—the converse of the reason for my past queasiness. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near excite

Cite this Entry

“Excite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excite. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

excite

verb
ex·​cite ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce excite (audio)
excited; exciting
1
: to stir up feeling in
ideas that excite young people
2
: to cause to be felt or done
excite admiration
posters excited interest in the show
3
b
: to produce a magnetic field in
4
: to increase the activity of (as nervous tissue) : stimulate
5
: to raise (as an atom) to a higher energy level
exciter noun

Medical Definition

excite

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