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Definition of excite verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    excite

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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  1. 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
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 4excite somebody to make somebody feel sexual desire synonym arouse
  5. 5excite something (formal) to make a part of the body or part of a physical system more active synonym stimulate
  6. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘incite someone to do something’): from Old French exciter or Latin excitare, frequentative of exciere ‘call out or forth’. Sense (1) dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples He was anxious not to excite renewed speculation. The move excited more criticism abroad than at home. This story excited some comment.
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