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]

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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.
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