ex·​cit·​ing | \ ik-ˈsī-tiŋ How to pronounce exciting (audio) \

Definition of exciting

: producing excitement

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Other Words from exciting

excitingly \ ik-​ˈsī-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce excitingly (audio) \ 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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As if this wasn't enough exciting news, Amazon is celebrating its storefront's conception by giving away two VIP passes to the second weekend of Coachella, as well as a casual $3,000 for travel and accommodations. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Amazon Just Made Shopping for Coachella Way Easier With Its First Festival-Inspired Storefront," 27 Mar. 2019 But the world is passing peak smartphone now that most people have a good one and each year's new slate of gadgets isn't particularly exciting. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Is a Credit Card Company Now," 25 Mar. 2019 Last year’s lineup was pretty impressive, but this year’s celeb guest stars are even more exciting. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About 'The Voice' Season 16," 10 Feb. 2019 But this year, Michele joined forces with makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver, marking an exciting, if not even freakier, new chapter. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "9 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2019 Runways," 8 Mar. 2019 For me, the most exciting thing about the start of a new year is having the opportunity to cook a whole year's worth of new recipes. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "9 Healthy Foods Pinterest Can't Wait to Make in 2019," 16 Jan. 2019 This will make things a bit more exciting, that’s for sure. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, 42-27, in one of the more exciting games in a very controversial season. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: With Ravens waiting in the wings, this is perfect year to punt early on the Orioles," 7 July 2018 Having a major storefront start selling games for $10 less as a matter of course seems exciting on the consumer side, but perhaps dangerous for the long-term viability of the industry. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Metro Exodus is skipping Steam for the Epic Games Store, and passing the savings on to you," 28 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of exciting

1647, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce exciting (audio) \

Kids Definition of exciting

: producing excitement an exciting adventure

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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