Excite Definition

excited, excites, exciting
excited, excites, exciting
To put into motion or activity; stir up.
Tapping on the hive excited the bees.
Webster's New World
To call forth; arouse; provoke.
The rumors excited her curiosity.
Webster's New World
To arouse the feelings or passions of.
The news excited us.
Webster's New World
To elicit or arouse (a reaction or emotion, for example).
Odd noises that excited our curiosity.
American Heritage
To supply electric current to (the field winding of a motor, generator, or other device)
Webster's New World

Origin of Excite

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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


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