from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To stir to activity.
- transitive v. To call forth (a reaction or emotion, for example); elicit: odd noises that excited our curiosity.
- transitive v. To arouse strong feeling in: speakers who know how to excite a crowd. See Synonyms at provoke.
- transitive v. Physiology To produce increased activity or response in (an organ, tissue, or part); stimulate.
- transitive v. Physics To increase the energy of.
- transitive v. Physics To raise (an atom, for example) to a higher energy level.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To stir the emotions of.
- v. To arouse or bring out (eg feelings); to stimulate.
- v. , (physics) To cause an electron to move to a higher than normal state; to promote an electron to an outer level.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To call to activity in any way; to rouse to feeling; to kindle to passionate emotion; to stir up to combined or general activity
- transitive v. To call forth or increase the vital activity of an organism, or any of its parts.
- transitive v. To energize (an electro-magnet); to produce a magnetic field in.
- transitive v. To raise to a higher energy level; -- used especially of atoms or molecules, or of electrons within atoms or molecules.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To call into movement or active existence by some stimulating influence; quicken into manifestation; stir or start up; set in motion or operation: as, to excite a mutiny; to excite hope or animosity.
- To induce action or activity in; stimulate; animate; arouse.
- To impel by incentives or motives; instigate; incite: as, to excite the people to revolt.
- To arouse the emotions of; agitate or perturb mentally; move: as, he was greatly excited by the news.
- Synonyms To awaken, incite, inflame, kindle, irritate, provoke.
- In electric machinery, to send current through the magnetic field coils, and so produce the magnetism required for the operation of the machine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. stimulate sexually
- v. act as a stimulant
- v. stir feelings in
- v. produce a magnetic field in
- v. arouse or elicit a feeling
- v. cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
- v. stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
- v. raise to a higher energy level
Middle English exciten, from Latin excitāre, frequentative of exciēre : ex-, ex- + ciēre, to set in motion; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English exciten, from Old French exciter, from Latin excitare ("call out, call forth, arouse, wake up, stimulate"), frequentative of exciere ("call out, arouse excite"), from ex ("out") + ciere ("call, summon"). See cite and compare to accite, concite, incite. (Wiktionary)