[ ik-sahy-tid ]
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  1. stirred emotionally; agitated: An excited crowd awaited the arrival of the famed rock group.

  2. stimulated to activity; brisk: an excited buying and selling of stocks.

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Origin of excited

First recorded in 1650–60; excite + -ed2

Other words for excited

Other words from excited

  • ex·cit·ed·ly, adverb
  • ex·cit·ed·ness, noun
  • hy·per·ex·cit·ed, adjective
  • su·per·ex·cit·ed, adjective
  • un·ex·cit·ed, adjective

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How to use excited in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for excited


/ (ɪkˈsaɪtɪd) /

  1. emotionally aroused, esp to pleasure or agitation

  2. characterized by excitement: an excited dance

  1. sexually aroused

  2. (of an atom, molecule, etc) occupying an energy level above the ground state

Derived forms of excited

  • excitedly, adverb
  • excitedness, noun

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