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

Definition of exciting

: producing excitement

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excitingly \ ik-​ˈsī-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce exciting (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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Recent Examples on the Web This, of course, opens the door for a Japril romance reunion, which is exciting. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Sarah Drew Says Her Grey’s Anatomy Return Is Setting Japril Up for a ‘Great Journey’," 7 May 2021 Everything has been trending in that direction, so that's been exciting. Erik Erlendsson, Star Tribune, "Stars keep playoff hopes alive with 5-2 win over Lightning," 7 May 2021 And while the prospect of going out after a year of staying at home may be exciting, for some these invites can also fuel anxiety. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, "Your social life is booming again. Experts say 'take baby steps' as you start to see people.," 5 May 2021 Dickerson-Despenza is twenty-nine, and her ambition is exciting. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "The Human Rhythms of Hurricane Katrina," 3 May 2021 Everything about the start of the minor league season is exciting, and should be enjoyed. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles reset: Emerging prospect Kyle Bradish illustrates promise, mystery of minor league baseball’s return," 3 May 2021 And that was really exciting -- that maybe there was a way to get away from the bad stuff. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, "Black physicist rethinks the 'dark' in dark matter," 2 May 2021 And to do it in a way that galvanizes social media is exciting. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "How the Snyder Cut, Indiana Jones, and the hunt for The Magnificent Ambersons lost print connect," 29 Apr. 2021 For Weiss, who has worked on everything from documentaries to feature films, that was part of what makes Fire Bones exciting. Lauren Smart, Dallas News, "‘Fire Bones’ melds audio, video, text and more in a show for the smartphone age," 27 Apr. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Exciting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exciting. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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