ex·​cite | \ ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce excite (audio) , ek- \
excited; exciting

Definition of excite

transitive verb

1a : to call to activity
b : to rouse to an emotional response scenes to excite the hardest man to pity
c : to arouse (something, such as a strong emotional response) by appropriate stimuli excite enthusiasm for the new regime— Arthur Knight
2a : energize excite an electromagnet
b : to produce a magnetic field in excite a dynamo
3 : to increase the activity of (something, such as a living organism) : stimulate
4 : to raise (an atomic nucleus, an atom, a molecule, etc.) to a higher energy level

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provoke, excite, stimulate, pique, quicken mean to arouse as if by pricking. provoke directs attention to the response called forth. my stories usually provoke laughter excite implies a stirring up or moving profoundly. news that excited anger and frustration stimulate suggests a rousing out of lethargy, quiescence, or indifference. stimulating conversation pique suggests stimulating by mild irritation or challenge. that remark piqued my interest quicken implies beneficially stimulating and making active or lively. the high salary quickened her desire to have the job

Examples of excite in a Sentence

ideas that excite young people Our announcement excited the children. The posters excited much interest in the show.
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Recent Examples on the Web Craft a drip campaign to entice, remind and excite your audience. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 In reality, most investors think in terms of contagious narratives that excite the imagination, not complex mathematical models. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Democrats hope to use the gathering—which was planned for Milwaukee before the coronavirus forced the party to make alternate arrangements—to excite voters ahead of the general election campaign against President Trump.... Eliza Collins, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2020 The Nissan Leaf, which was the world’s bestselling EV until the Model 3 stole its laurels, is a great car but still didn’t excite the vision that this would be the kind of vehicle most people would eventually be driving. James Morris, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 If winter gardening doesn’t excite you, give your garden a break. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 Everwash’s story should excite all marketing leaders and entrepreneurs; developing an entirely new proposition for a market that was ripe for modernisation using a fast paced, innovative approach is impressive. Dr Geraint Evans, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Art — in all its various forms — has always existed to excite, inspire, provoke, educate or simply beautify, sometimes all at once. Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021 The inclusion of either would evince thoughtfulness and care, but the former would be less likely to excite, confuse, or rile patients. Lou Stoppard, The New Yorker, 31 July 2021

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First Known Use of excite

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for excite

Middle English, from Anglo-French exciter, from Latin excitare, from ex- + citare to rouse — more at cite

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English Language Learners Definition of excite

: to cause feelings of enthusiasm in (someone) : to make (someone) feel energetic and eager to do something
: to cause (a particular emotion or reaction) to be felt or to happen
: to increase the activity of (something, such as nerve tissue)


ex·​cite | \ ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce excite (audio) \
excited; exciting

Kids Definition of excite

1 : to stir up feeling in The announcement excited the children.
2 : to increase the activity of This chemical excites nerve cells.


transitive verb
ex·​cite | \ ik-ˈsīt How to pronounce excite (audio) \
excited; exciting

Medical Definition of excite

1 : to increase the activity of (as a living organism) : stimulate
2 : to raise (as an atomic nucleus, an atom, or a molecule) to a higher energy level

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