[ ik-sahy-tid ]
/ ɪkˈsaɪ tɪd /


stirred emotionally; agitated: An excited crowd awaited the arrival of the famed rock group.
stimulated to activity; brisk: an excited buying and selling of stocks.

Origin of excited

First recorded in 1650–60; excite + -ed2
Related forms
Can be confusedexcited exited
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British Dictionary definitions for unexcited (1 of 2)


/ (ˌʌnɪkˈsaɪtɪd) /


not aroused to pleasure, interest, agitation, etc
(of an atom, molecule, etc) remaining in its ground state

British Dictionary definitions for unexcited (2 of 2)


/ (ɪkˈsaɪtɪd) /


emotionally aroused, esp to pleasure or agitation
characterized by excitementan excited dance
sexually aroused
(of an atom, molecule, etc) occupying an energy level above the ground state
Derived Formsexcitedly, adverbexcitedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unexcited



1650s, "magnetically or electrically stimulated;" modern sense of "agitated" attested 1855; past participle adjective from excite. Related: Excitedly.

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