1650–60; excite + -ed2

excitedly, adverb
excitedness, noun
hyperexcited, adjective
superexcited, adjective
unexcited, adjective

excited, exited.

1. ruffled, discomposed, stormy, perturbed, impassioned. 2. eager, active, enthusiastic.
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verb (used with object), excited, exciting.
to arouse or stir up the emotions or feelings of: to excite a person to anger; actions that excited his father's wrath.
to arouse or stir up (emotions or feelings): to excite jealousy or hatred.
to cause; awaken: to excite interest or curiosity.
to stir to action; provoke or stir up: to excite a dog by baiting him.
Physiology. to stimulate: to excite a nerve.
Electricity. to supply with electricity for producing electric activity or a magnetic field: to excite a dynamo.
Physics. to raise (an atom, molecule, etc.) to an excited state.

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)
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]

excited (ɪkˈsaɪtɪd)
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

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Word Origin & History

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.

1650s, "magnetically or electrically stimulated;" modern sense of "agitated" attested 1855; pp. adj. from excite. Related: Excitedly.
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Example sentences
She was excited, eager, and thrilled to meet people who cared about similar issues.
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.
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