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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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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"