Tapping on the hive excited the bees.
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.
The rumors excited her curiosity.
The news excited us.
Origin of excite
- Middle English exciten from Latin excitāre frequentative of exciēre ex- ex- ciēre to set in motion keiə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition