over·​ex·​cite | \ ˌō-vər-ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce overexcite (audio) , -ek- \
overexcited; overexciting

Definition of overexcite

transitive verb

: to excite to an excessive degree overexcites the dog simply by walking in the house "Now don't overexcite yourself, Grandpa," Mrs. Bucket said.— Roald Dahl Such drawings are also rather characteristic of Tourette's syndrome—the original form, the original thought, lost in a jungle of embellishment … First the imagination is awakened, then overexcited, to endlessness and excess.— Oliver Sacks

Other Words from overexcite

overexcitable \ ˌō-​vər-​ik-​ˈsī-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce overexcitable (audio) \ adjective
overexcitable fans an overexcitable puppy
overexcitability \ ˌō-​vər-​ik-​ˌsī-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce overexcitability (audio) \ noun
overexcitability in children
overexcitement \ ˌō-​vər-​ik-​ˈsīt-​mənt How to pronounce overexcitement (audio) \ noun
The Ifta-winning actor's disappointment at her bit-part … was worsened by her brother's overexcitement at seeing his big sister on stage. — Jennifer Ryan

First Known Use of overexcite

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Overexcite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overexcite. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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