excite[ek sīt′, ik-]
- Excite is defined as to stir up emotions, action or strong reactions.
- 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.
You can excite a child by offering him ice cream.
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.
excite - Computer Definition
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