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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Junior is lightning fast and exciting talent but his rating is expected to rise only one because of his poor finishing. SI.com, "FIFA 20: Every New York Red Bulls Player's Predicted Ultimate Team Rating," 13 July 2019 The women’s national soccer team seems to be the talk of the town this week after its exciting 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup in France sealed their fourth world title in women’s soccer. Bird Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Bird Brown: Time spent with teammates makes lasting memories," 13 July 2019 The verdure — an ever-changing vegetable board based around what’s available from local purveyors — is a bright and exciting exploration of vegetables’ breadth. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: At Spuntino, a meal is something to be savored and shared," 10 July 2019 Back in the field, Ortega is scanning through his radio channels, hoping to find something more exciting than jazz or tame acoustic guitar music. Andrew Nicla, AZCentral.com, "Late hours, no pay, diminishing returns: Scouring the Arizona desert for black-footed ferrets," 10 July 2019 For big donors wary of the party’s turn to the left—and of Warren’s and Sanders’s promises to change the regulatory environment—Buttigieg is an exciting new candidate. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What Does Big Tech Want From Buttigieg?," 9 July 2019 Site-specific opera is trying to create to a more accessible, exciting experience. Constance Grady, Vox, "Opera companies are increasingly starting to take their productions out of the opera house," 9 July 2019 Being around other young women who are all hard-working and tough is so exciting. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "Brianna Mason On Her Historic Miss Tennessee Win: "Representation Is So Important"," 5 July 2019 Open from June 28th to September 5th, the Parisian perfumer is moving in to Club Monaco’s Southampton boutique, offering their cult-favorite fragrances and custom consultations, plus other exciting events and programming. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Diptyque’s New Southampton Pop-Up is a Scent Snob’s Paradise," 28 June 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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