From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishexcitementex‧cite‧ment /ɪkˈsaɪtmənt/ ●●○ S3 W3 noun 1 [uncountable]EXCITED the feeling of being excitedexcitement of the excitement of becoming a parentexcitement at The children were filled with excitement at the thought of visiting Disneyland.in the excitement/in your excitement In all the excitement, I left my wallet behind. In his excitement he couldn't remember her name.2 [countable]EXCITED an exciting event or situation We were both new to the excitements of life in the big city.COLLOCATIONSverbscause/generate excitementThe arrival of a stranger caused some excitement in the village.hide/conceal your excitementHe tried to hide his excitement, but his voice was shaking.control/contain your excitementShe could hardly control her excitement when I told her the news.be trembling with excitement (=to be shaking slightly because you are so excited)Her hands were trembling with excitement as she opened the letter.somebody's excitement grows (=it increases)Her excitement grew as the day of the wedding came nearer.the excitement wears off (=it gradually becomes less)The initial excitement of my new job was starting to wear off.the excitement dies down (=people stop feeling excited)The excitement after last month's elections is beginning to die down.adjectivesgreat/enormous/tremendous excitementThere is great excitement about the Pope's visit.The news causes tremendous excitement.growing/mounting excitementThe children waited with growing excitement.sheer excitement (=a very strong feeling of excitement)Nothing can beat driving a racing car for sheer excitement.real/genuine excitementA goal two minutes from the end provided the game's only genuine excitement.nervous/restless excitement (=a feeling of being worried and unable to relax)My nervous excitement increased with each passing minute.intense excitement (=a very strong feeling of excitement)I can still remember the intense excitement of going to see my first football match.heady excitement (=strong excitement about what you might achieve)Back then, there was the heady excitement of discovering feminism and getting involved in politics.youthful/childlike excitementHer voice was full of youthful excitement.phrasesbe full of/filled with excitementThey were full of excitement at the thought of meeting a real movie star.a sense/feeling of excitementHe woke up that morning with a feeling of excitement.a state of excitement It seemed that the whole country was in a state of excitement. an air of excitement (=a general feeling of excitement among a group of people)There was a real air of excitement before the game.a surge/buzz of excitement (=a sudden feeling of excitement)As soon as he noticed her name on the list, a surge of excitement ran through him. There is a buzz of excitement inside the stadium.a flurry of excitement (=an occasion when there is suddenly a lot of excitement about something)The takeover bid has caused a flurry of excitement in the City.a ripple of excitement (=a feeling of excitement that spreads through a group of people)A ripple of excitement went through the audience as the lights dimmed.a flicker of excitement (=a feeling of excitement that lasts a very short time)He felt a flicker of excitement when he heard someone mention his name.
Examples from the Corpusexcitement• Ever since the visit she had longed to be part of the artistic excitement of the city.• The biggest excitement of the day was when Joe accidentally set off the fire alarm.• What caused excitement were the variables: size and condition of tooth; age and strength of the victim.• If you're looking for excitement, you won't find it here.• His few short visits to the village caused great excitement.• His excitement and dedication were transparent and touching.• Political institutions are built to deliver power not excitement, and Super Tuesday accomplished exactly what the people who planned it intended.• It was a marvellous sort of excitement, like being young again.• On off days he could sound tired, and sometimes excitement carried him away to an excess of length.• Gerry found it difficult to sleep after all the excitements of the day.• Actually this was done in double-quick time but I can never forget the excitement and the terror of that night.• He missed the excitement of working with so many intelligent people.• There's an atmosphere of tremendous excitement here in the stadium.• In the stands, the crowd was shouting with excitement.excitement of• I love the excitement of opening night at the opera.