to arouse or stir up the emotions or feelings of: to excite a person to anger; actions that excited his father's wrath.
to arouse or stir up (emotions or feelings): to excite jealousy or hatred.
to cause; awaken: to excite interest or curiosity.
to stir to action; provoke or stir up: to excite a dog by baiting him.
Physiology. to stimulate: to excite a nerve.
Electricity. to supply with electricity for producing electric activity or a magnetic field: to excite a dynamo.
Physics. to raise (an atom, molecule, etc.) to an excited state.
- pre·ex·cite, verb (used with object), pre·ex·cit·ed, pre·ex·cit·ing.
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How to use excite in a sentence
Selin is at first excited by math when she has the idea that it’s a language of pure signs, where there is no space at all between signifier and signified because they’re the same thing.The true love story in Elif Batuman’s The Idiot is a love affair with language | Constance Grady | September 11, 2020 | Vox
Parents want their children to be excited and inspired, not bullied or devalued.Our Public Schools Have a Customer Service Problem | Thomas Courtney | September 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
For my own work, I’m excited at the prospect of concentrating more on the artistic vision and execution and less on triangle counts.Epic Games’ Insane Video Game Graphics Demo Explained in Simple Terms | Aaron Frank | May 24, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The green stripes are caused when a downpour of electrons excites oxygen atoms.Newfound ‘dunes’ is among weirdest of northern lights | Maria Temming | March 9, 2020 | Science News For Students
They excite people, and primaries tend to be dominated by voters who are the most excited.
Sticks and stones may break my bones / but chains and whips excite me.
Condon is proud to be different, to work on the projects that excite him.
“Contact tracing” sounds like something that would excite only the grimmest of health-care operations implementation scientists.
Aurora Snow canvassed the adult industry to see which television shows excite its XXX talent.What Porn Stars Find Sexy on TV: From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Deadliest Catch’ | Aurora Snow | September 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When he came out on the stage the applause was tremendous, and enough in itself to excite and electrify one.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
But the observation he thoughtlessly uttered in French seemed to excite the peasant's attention.
If a merry dance is produced by the agile bow, its sympathetic tones at once excite a corresponding feeling.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
We don't even have real big prizes—just a dinky little spoon sitting up on the mantel-piece to excite us as if it was a tiara.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
The man called Shiv was driving Delancy's get-away car at a conservative pace so as not to excite suspicion.
British Dictionary definitions for excite
to arouse (a person) to strong feeling, esp to pleasurable anticipation or nervous agitation
to arouse or elicit (an emotion, response, etc); evoke: her answers excited curiosity
to cause or bring about; stir up: to 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
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