excite

[ik-sahyt]

verb (used with object), ex·cit·ed, ex·cit·ing.


Nearby words

  1. excitant,
  2. excitation,
  3. excitation wave,
  4. excitative,
  5. excitatory postsynaptic potential,
  6. excited,
  7. excited state,
  8. excitement,
  9. exciter,
  10. exciter lamp

Origin of excite

1300–50; Middle English < Latin excitāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + citāre, frequentative of ciēre to set in motion

Related formspre·ex·cite, verb (used with object), pre·ex·cit·ed, pre·ex·cit·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for excite

excite

verb (tr)

to arouse (a person) to strong feeling, esp to pleasurable anticipation or nervous agitation
to arouse or elicit (an emotion, response, etc); evokeher answers excited curiosity
to cause or bring about; stir upto excite a rebellion
to arouse sexually
physiol to cause a response in or increase the activity of (an organ, tissue, or part); stimulate
to raise (an atom, molecule, electron, nucleus, etc) from the ground state to a higher energy level
to supply electricity to (the coils of a generator or motor) in order to create a magnetic field
to supply a signal to a stage of an active electronic circuit

Word Origin for excite

C14: from Latin excitāre, from exciēre to stimulate, from ciēre to set in motion, rouse

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Word Origin and History for excite

excite

v.

mid-14c., "to move, stir up, instigate," from Old French esciter (12c.) or directly from Latin excitare "rouse, call out, summon forth, produce," frequentative of exciere "call forth, instigate," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ciere "set in motion, call" (see cite). Of feelings, from late 14c. Of bodily organs or tissues, from 1831. Main modern sense of "emotionally agitate" is first attested 1821.

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