Definition of excite
1a : to call to activityb : to rouse to an emotional response scenes to excite the hardest man to pityc : to arouse (something, such as a strong emotional response) by appropriate stimuli excite enthusiasm for the new regime — Arthur Knight
2a : energize excite an electromagnetb : 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
Examples of excite in a sentence
ideas that excite young people
Our announcement excited the children.
The posters excited much interest in the show.
Origin and Etymology of excite
Middle English, from Anglo-French exciter, from Latin excitare, from ex- + citare to rouse — more at cite
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of excite
EXCITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of excite for English Language Learners
: 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)
EXCITE Defined for Kids
Definition of excite for Students
1 : to stir up feeling in The announcement excited the children.
2 : to increase the activity of This chemical excites nerve cells.
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