Definition of excited adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪtɪd//
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  1. 1  feeling or showing happiness and enthusiasm excited (about something) The children were excited about opening their presents. excited (at something) I'm really excited at the prospect of working abroad. excited (by something) Don't get too excited by the sight of your name in print. excited (to do something) He was very excited to be asked to play for Wales. The new restaurant is nothing to get excited about (= not particularly good). An excited crowd of people gathered around her. Synonymsexcitedecstatic elated euphoric rapturous exhilaratedThese words all describe feeling or showing happiness and enthusiasm.excited feeling or showing happiness and enthusiasm:The kids were excited about the holiday.ecstatic very happy, excited and enthusiastic; showing this enthusiasm:Sally was ecstatic about her new job.elated happy and excited because of something good that has happened or will happen:I was elated with the thrill of success.euphoric very happy and excited, but usually only for a short time:My euphoric mood could not last.rapturous expressing extreme pleasure or enthusiasm:He was greeted with rapturous applause.exhilarated happy and excited, especially after physical activity:She felt exhilarated with the speed.Patterns to feel excited/​elated/​euphoric/​exhilarated to be excited/​ecstatic/​elated/​euphoric at something to be excited/​ecstatic/​elated about something to be excited/​elated/​exhilarated by something to be ecstatic/​elated/​exhilarated with something
  2. 2nervous or upset and unable to relax Some horses become excited when they're in traffic. See related entries: Nervous
  3. 3feeling sexual desire
  4. synonym aroused
    Extra examples Don’t get the children too excited. He was all excited about his new car. He was puzzled but strangely excited by the commotion. Maura tried not to look overly excited. The kids seem pretty excited about the holiday. excited at the news He was really excited to be asked to play for Wales. The buzz of excited chatter was quite deafening.
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