ex·​cit·​ing | \ik-ˈsī-tiŋ \

Definition of exciting 

: producing excitement

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Other Words from exciting

excitingly \ ik-​ˈsī-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of exciting in a Sentence

an exciting trip to Africa an exciting account of her adventures This isn't a very exciting book.
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But these inexpensive interventions might be doing their part, which is exciting because these are solutions that are generally low-cost and scalable. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Sit in a circle. Talk to other pregnant women. Save your baby’s life?," 2 Nov. 2018 Granted, sitting in a big group and hoping that Caputo will connect with you isn't as exciting or personal as getting a private reading, but seeing her gift in action is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience. Temi Adebowale, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Get a Reading With "Long Island Medium" Theresa Caputo," 22 Oct. 2018 Walk in to Wildair for delicious wines by the glass and a snack or two — the kitchen is just as exciting as the bar. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 Having already locked in a Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, Legend's Emmy nomination has come as hugely exciting news. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "John Legend's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Emmy Nomination Brings Him One Step Closer to EGOTing," 12 July 2018 As exciting as watching the race was, I was just drawn to the drama of the NFL games. Jeff Rosen, kansascity, "The Star hires two new reporters to cover Kansas City Chiefs," 10 July 2018 As exciting as this is for those with tickets, local drivers might want to avoid I-275 and Kellogg this Friday and next Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Riverbend concerts starting Friday will make I-275/Kellogg Ave. even less fun," 5 July 2018 Fine, shopping for socks may not be as exciting as unboxing a new fitness tracker or slipping on a new pair of leggings. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "These Running Socks Have More Than 2,000 5-Star Reviews on Amazon—and I'm Obsessed," 27 June 2018 Let’s be honest: a three-row crossover is as exciting as your second grader’s artwork. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Subaru climbs into 3-row class with 2019 Ascent," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of exciting

1647, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2018

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The first known use of exciting was in 1647

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English Language Learners Definition of exciting

: causing feelings of interest and enthusiasm : causing excitement


ex·​cit·​ing | \ik-ˈsī-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of exciting

: producing excitement an exciting adventure

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