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Etymology

< 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.

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Verb

Infinitive
to excite

Third person singular
excit

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to excite (third-person singular simple present excit, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To stir the emotions of.
    The fireworks which opened the festivities excited anyone present.
  2. (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.
  3. (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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