excite

[ik-sahyt]
verb (used with object), excited, exciting.
1.
to arouse or stir up the emotions or feelings of: to excite a person to anger; actions that excited his father's wrath.
2.
to arouse or stir up (emotions or feelings): to excite jealousy or hatred.
3.
to cause; awaken: to excite interest or curiosity.
4.
to stir to action; provoke or stir up: to excite a dog by baiting him.
5.
Physiology. to stimulate: to excite a nerve.
6.
Electricity. to supply with electricity for producing electric activity or a magnetic field: to excite a dynamo.
7.
Physics. to raise (an atom, molecule, etc.) to an excited state.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Latin excitāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + citāre, frequentative of ciēre to set in motion

preexcite, verb (used with object), preexcited, preexciting.


1. stir, awaken, stimulate, animate, kindle, inflame. 2. evoke. 4. disturb, agitate, ruffle.
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excite (ɪkˈsaɪt)
 
vb
1.  to arouse (a person) to strong feeling, esp to pleasurable anticipation or nervous agitation
2.  to arouse or elicit (an emotion, response, etc); evoke: her answers excited curiosity
3.  to cause or bring about; stir up: to excite a rebellion
4.  to arouse sexually
5.  physiol to cause a response in or increase the activity of (an organ, tissue, or part); stimulate
6.  to raise (an atom, molecule, electron, nucleus, etc) from the ground state to a higher energy level
7.  to supply electricity to (the coils of a generator or motor) in order to create a magnetic field
8.  to supply a signal to a stage of an active electronic circuit
 
[C14: from Latin excitāre, from exciēre to stimulate, from ciēre to set in motion, rouse]

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excite
mid-14c., "to move, instigate," from L. excitare "rouse, produce," freq. of exciere "call forth, instigate," from ex- "out" + ciere "set in motion, call" (see cite). Main modern sense of "emotionally agitate" is first attested 1821.
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Example sentences
The main goal of this book is to inspire and excite people.
Few events in the natural world excite people more than the fall migration of
  the monarch butterfly.
Those charged particles can excite atoms in the ionosphere, which emit light as
  they return to their unexcited state.
He does not excite much of the wider electorate either.
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