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< Middle English exciten < Old French exciter < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] excitare (“‘call out, call forth, arouse, wake up, stimulate’”), frequentative of exciere (“‘call out, arouse excite’”) < ex (“‘out’”) + ciere (“‘call, summon’”). See cite and compare to accite, concite, incite.
Third person singular
- (transitive) To stir the emotions of.
- The fireworks which opened the festivities excited anyone present.
- (transitive) To arouse or bring out (eg feelings); to stimulate.
- Favoritism tends to excite jealousy in the ones not being favored.
- The political reforms excited unrest among to population.
- There are drugs designed to excite certain nerves in our body.
- (transitive), (physics) To cause an electron to move to a higher than normal state; to promote an electron to an outer level.
- By applying electric potential to the neon atoms, the electrons become excited, then emit a photon when returning to normal.
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- “excite” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- "excite" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
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