excite[ek sīt′, ik-]
You can excite a child by offering him ice cream.
- An example of excite is telling a group of children they're going to get ice cream.
- An example of excite is a fire engine with sirens blaring while driving past a house with many dogs.
transitive verbexcited, exciting
- to put into motion or activity; stir up: tapping on the hive excited the bees
- to call forth; arouse; provoke: the rumors excited her curiosity
- to arouse the feelings or passions of: the news excited us
- to supply electric current to (the field winding of a motor, generator, or other device); also, to produce in this way a magnetic field in
- to supply a signal to (any stage of a vacuum-tube or transistor circuit)
- Physics to raise (a nucleus, atom, etc.) to a higher energy state
- Physiol. to produce or increase the response of (an organism, organ, tissue, etc.) to a proper stimulus
Origin of exciteMiddle English exciten ; from Old French exciter ; from Classical Latin excitare, to call forth, excite, frequentative of exciere, to call forth ; from ex-, out + past participle of ciere, to call, summon: see cite
transitive verbex·cit·ed, ex·cit·ing, ex·cites
- a. To arouse strong feeling in: The speaker excited the crowd. See Synonyms at provoke.b. To arouse (someone) sexually.c. To elicit or arouse (a reaction or emotion, for example): odd noises that excited our curiosity.
- a. To cause to become more active: Lowering interest rates should excite the economy.b. Physiology To produce increased activity or response in (an organ, tissue, or part); stimulate.c. Physics To raise (an atom, for example) to a higher energy level.
Origin of exciteMiddle English exciten, from Latin excitāre, frequentative of exciēre : ex-, ex- + ciēre, to set in motion; see kei&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present excites, present participle exciting, simple past and past participle excited)
- To stir the emotions of.
- The fireworks which opened the festivities excited anyone present.
- To arouse or bring out (eg feelings); to stimulate.
- Favoritism tends to excite jealousy in the ones not being favored.
- The political reforms excited unrest among to population.
- There are drugs designed to excite certain nerves in our body.
- (physics) To cause an electron to move to a higher than normal state; to promote an electron to an outer level.
- By applying electric potential to the neon atoms, the electrons become excited, then emit a photon when returning to normal.
From Middle English exciten, from Old French exciter, from Latin excitare (“call out, call forth, arouse, wake up, stimulate”), frequentative of exciere (“call out, arouse excite”), from ex (“out”) + ciere (“call, summon”). See cite and compare to accite, concite, incite.
excite - Computer Definition
(Excite.com, Irvington, NY, www.excite.com) One of the major search engines on the Web founded in 1995 and part of IAC Search & Media. Excite was acquired by Ask Jeeves, Inc. in 2004, which was acquired by IAC in 2005. See Web search engines.