- 1 excite somebody to make somebody feel very pleased, interested or enthusiastic, especially about something that is going to happen The prospect of a year in India greatly excited her. See related entries: Happiness, Showing interest
- 2to make somebody nervous or upset and unable to relax excite somebody Try not to excite your baby too much before bedtime. excite yourself Don't excite yourself (= keep calm).
- 3to make somebody feel a particular emotion or react in a particular way synonym arouse excite something to excite attention/criticism/curiosity The news has certainly excited comment (= made people talk about it). excite something in somebody The European Parliament is not an institution which excites interest in voters.
- 4excite somebody to make somebody feel sexual desire synonym arouse
- 5excite something (formal) to make a part of the body or part of a physical system more active synonym stimulate Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘incite someone to do something’): from Old French exciter or Latin excitare, frequentative of exciere
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BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they excite
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪt//he / she / it excites
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪts//past simple excited
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪtɪd//past participle excited
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪtɪd//-ing form exciting
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪtɪŋ//Happiness, Showing interest