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excite

ex·cite

excite

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk saIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: excited, excites, exciting
definition 1: to stimulate or cause to be aroused or agitated.
The closeness of the race excited everyone.
synonyms:
agitate, ignite, inflame, kindle, stimulate, stir
antonyms:
bore, calm, quiet, soothe
similar words:
electrify, fluster, frenzy, galvanize, heat, intoxicate, irritate, provoke, quicken, rouse, thrill, tickle, titillate, wind up, work
definition 2: to arouse.
His appearance here excited much interest.
synonyms:
arouse, fire, provoke, raise, stimulate, stir
similar words:
challenge, elicit, heat, inflame, rouse, spark, tickle, whet
definition 3: to provoke to action.
The speaker's words excited the people of the audience, who suddenly rose out of their seats and began to shout.
synonyms:
arouse, incite, provoke, stir up, work
antonyms:
discourage
similar words:
animate, energize, fire, foment, inflame, rouse, whip up
definition 4: in physics, to raise (an atom, particle, or molecule) to a state of higher energy.
synonyms:
energize
similar words:
charge
definition 5: to give a pleasant thrill to.
Seeing the many presents excited all the children.
synonyms:
thrill
antonyms:
depress
Word Builder: excite +
  • excited:
    feeling excitement.
  • exciting:
    causing excitement.
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Word Parts
The word excite contains the following part:
cit, -cite Latin root that means rouse, set in motion
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