Definition of "excite" []

  • To stir to activity. (verb-transitive)
  • To call forth (a reaction or emotion, for example); elicit: odd noises that excited our curiosity. (verb-transitive)
  • To arouse strong feeling in: speakers who know how to excite a crowd. See Synonyms at provoke. (verb-transitive)
  • Physiology To produce increased activity or response in (an organ, tissue, or part); stimulate. (verb-transitive)
  • Physics To increase the energy of. (verb-transitive)
  • To arouse (a person) to strong feeling, esp to pleasurable anticipation or nervous agitation (verb)

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  • To arouse or elicit (an emotion, response, etc); evoke (verb)
  • To cause or bring about; stir up (verb)
  • To arouse sexually (verb)
  • To cause a response in or increase the activity of (an organ, tissue, or part); stimulate (verb)
  • To raise (an atom, molecule, electron, nucleus, etc) from the ground state to a higher energy level (verb)
  • To supply electricity to (the coils of a generator or motor) in order to create a magnetic field (verb)
  • To supply a signal to a stage of an active electronic circuit (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "excite" in a sentence
  • "The FBI indictments are to be unsealed today, which will once again excite the many people who likes to confuse the word “indictment” with “conviction.”"
  • ": The land of Gennezar, by the lake of Gennezareth, takes its name from a natural power which it is said to have of spontaneously modulating its waters so as to excite a breeze; the Greek words importing, ` creating for itself the breeze. '"
  • "I hope that microscopic researches may again excite the attention of philosophers, as unforeseen advantages may probably be derived from them, like the discovery of"