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exciting

[ik-sahy-ting] /ɪkˈsaɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
producing excitement; stirring; thrilling:
an exciting account of his trip to Tibet.
Origin of exciting
1805-1815
1805-15; excite + -ing2
Related forms
excitingly, adverb
nonexciting, adjective
unexciting, adjective

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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  • Cookie often said that a fire was the most exciting thing a reporter could be sent to cover.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • It would have interfered with her relations with Austin, which were beginning to be exciting.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Besides, their affairs had now become as exciting to us as a mystery play.

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • They leave off at the most exciting point, and are continued in the next volume.

  • It may be exciting, or you may just happen to avoid what difficulties there are.

British Dictionary definitions for exciting

exciting

/ɪkˈsaɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing excitement; stirring; stimulating
Derived Forms
excitingly, adverb

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 exciting

late 14c. (n.), "action of urging, prompting, inciting," noun of action from excite (v.). As a present participle adjective, from 1811 in sense "causing disease." Sense of "causing excitement" is from 1826.

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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