Word family noun excitement excitability adjective excitable excited excitingunexciting excitable verb excite adverb excitedly excitingly
From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishexciteex‧cite /ɪkˈsaɪt/ ●●○ verb [transitive] 1 [not in progressive]EXCITED to make someone feel happy, interested, or eager His playing is technically brilliant, but it doesn’t excite me.2 CAUSE formal to cause a particular feeling or reaction SYN arouseexcite interest/curiosity/sympathy etc The court case has excited a lot of public interest. He tried not to do anything to excite the suspicion of the police.excite comment/speculation/a reaction The book excited very little comment.3 SEXYto make someone feel sexual desire SYN arouse4 technicalHBH to make an organ, nerve etc in your body react or increase its activityCOLLOCATIONSMeaning 2: to cause a particular feeling or reactionnounsexcite interestShe is a talented young actress who has excited a lot of interest.excite curiosityRumours of hidden treasure excited our curiosity.excite sympathyShe sought to excite the jury's sympathy at every possible opportunity.excite angerThe government's proposals have excited anger among teachers.excite hatred/hostilityHe accused sections of the media of trying to excite racial hatred.excite a reactionThe figures are unlikely to excite any reaction on the money markets.excite commentsThe film excited a lot of favourable comments, both here and in America.excite rumours British English, excite rumors American English:The photographs excited rumours that their marriage is over.excite speculation (=encourage people to discuss something when they do not know the facts)The cut in US interest rates excited speculation of a similar cut in the UK. → See Verb table
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exciteSome of those Internet chat rooms can get you pretty excited.The murder trial has excited a lot of public interest.She was at a point in her life where her work didn't really excite her anymore.Don't excite him - he needs his rest.Recent fossil finds in Africa have excited interest among palaeontologists.She excites me in a way that no other woman can.The movie was okay, but it didn't excite me that much.Being part of the crowd at a ball game had always excited me.Arthur's enormous wealth excited the envy of his rivals.The signal excites the neurons in the brain.That's where the Arabs prohibited the import of jasmine because the scent depresses the men and excites the women.excite interest/curiosity/sympathy etcThere is no doubt that Zbo played on Modigliani's illness to excite sympathy in a way which the artist did not appreciate.He thought of Hugo's ability to excite interest, to stimulate thought.
From King Business Dictionaryexciteex‧cite /ɪkˈsaɪt/ verb [transitive] to produce a lot of activity in a market, with a lot of people buying and selling stocks and sharesThe auditors excited the market again yesterday by reporting sharply higher profits for the group.excited adjectiveThe markets have been excited all week.excitement noun [uncountable]→ See Verb tableOrigin excite (1300-1400) French exciter, from Latin excitare, from citare to set in movement