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excited

[ik-sahy-tid] /ɪkˈsaɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
stirred emotionally; agitated:
An excited crowd awaited the arrival of the famed rock group.
2.
stimulated to activity; brisk:
an excited buying and selling of stocks.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; excite + -ed2
Related forms
excitedly, adverb
excitedness, noun
hyperexcited, adjective
superexcited, adjective
unexcited, adjective
Can be confused
excited, exited.
Synonyms
1. ruffled, discomposed, stormy, perturbed, impassioned. 2. eager, active, enthusiastic.

excite

[ik-sahyt] /ɪkˈsaɪt/
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
Related forms
preexcite, verb (used with object), preexcited, preexciting.
Synonyms
1. stir, awaken, stimulate, animate, kindle, inflame. 2. evoke. 4. disturb, agitate, ruffle.
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Examples for excited
  • She was excited, eager, and thrilled to meet people who cared about similar issues.
  • I'm excited about this project and feel very lucky having walked into it.
  • Anything that gets a child excited to sit down and read a book is a good thing.
  • My parents were so excited they hugged us all in sheer delight.
  • It was my first tournament and I was quite excited.
  • Thankful and excited, off they went to hunt for that great deal.
  • They do seem a bit overly excited, but it adds to the fun of it all.
  • Not surprisingly, restaurant chefs are as excited about this profusion as the rest of us.
  • Having tried mushroom kits before, we're especially excited at how easy this one looks to use.
  • The light emanates from molecules excited by sunlight or cosmic rays in the upper atmosphere.
British Dictionary definitions for excited

excited

/ɪkˈsaɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
emotionally aroused, esp to pleasure or agitation
2.
characterized by excitement an excited dance
3.
sexually aroused
4.
(of an atom, molecule, etc) occupying an energy level above the ground state
Derived Forms
excitedly, adverb
excitedness, noun

excite

/ɪkˈsaɪt/
verb (transitive)
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
Word Origin
C14: from Latin excitāre, from exciēre to stimulate, from ciēre to set in motion, rouse
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Word Origin and History for excited
adj.

1650s, "magnetically or electrically stimulated;" modern sense of "agitated" attested 1855; past participle adjective from excite. Related: Excitedly.

excite

v.

mid-14c., "to move, stir up, instigate," from Old French esciter (12c.) or directly from Latin excitare "rouse, call out, summon forth, produce," frequentative of exciere "call forth, instigate," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ciere "set in motion, call" (see cite). Of feelings, from late 14c. Of bodily organs or tissues, from 1831. Main modern sense of "emotionally agitate" is first attested 1821.

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