- 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.
Origin of excite
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Examples from the Web for excite
They excite people, and primaries tend to be dominated by voters who are the most excited.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
Condon is proud to be different, to work on the projects that excite him.Can Condon's Freak Show Win Broadway?
November 18, 2014
The innovation Ohanian sees in new entrepreneurs seems to excite him most.The 'Mayor of the Internet' Fights the Good Fight
August 26, 2014
“You have to have some issue to excite the voters,” he says.How Republican Candidates Have Made Life Easier for Democratic Senators
May 27, 2014
He called Obama "Kommandant" and a "socialistic dictator" to excite those on the right.How Michael Grimm's Threat Ruined Randy Weber's Troll
January 29, 2014
Supposing—— It was cruel to excite and upset her just for that; it made the pain worse.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
He should therefore smile at the futile attempt to excite his jealousy.The Man Shakespeare
An outlandish appearance, sure to excite observation, is thus avoided.The Roof of France
The opinion of numbers is necessary to excite the ambition of individuals.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
There was no reason therefore why our appearance should excite suspicion.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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 and History for excite
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.