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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Anagram is a fast-paced, exciting and challenging game for anyone who loves playing with words. The Reader's Catalog, "Anagram Game," 17 June 2019 Edwards was close enough to Los Angeles so that the young family could make an occasional day trip to that exciting location. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/15," 15 June 2019 Now, a whole host of exciting teams, including Houston, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, will get their chance to shine. D.r., The Economist, "The Toronto Raptors’ risky bet on Kawhi Leonard pays off with a title," 14 June 2019 This intimacy makes the games louder and more exciting for the players, and given the prices for the seats, helps fatten their paychecks. Sean Gregory/oakland, Time, "The NBA Finals Shoving Incident Reopens Wounds," 7 June 2019 It's less jarring than a plain white eyeshadow and more exciting and versatile than a simple gunmetal. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "8 Eyeshadow Colors Everyone Will Be Wearing This Summer," 6 June 2019 The Warriors are always a spirited group, their bench alive, because the Warriors are an exciting and excitable ballclub, but in Game 3 of the Finals, there was a very different vibe. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ ‘Strength in Numbers’ takes Game 3 gut punch. Here’s the reality," 5 June 2019 What’s exciting in politics is power, of course, and the real power is at the level of national governments. The New York Review of Books, "Michał Matlak," 29 May 2019 Luckily, the rest of the world was too preoccupied with the exciting news about the family's new addition to notice (read: care) about the mistake. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Missed This Major Mistake About Meghan and Harry's Baby on the Royal Family's Website," 8 May 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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