Definition of

Excite

  1. (verb, change) act as a stimulant
    This play stimulates
  2. (verb, change) produce a magnetic field in
  3. (verb, change) raise to a higher energy level
  4. (verb, emotion) stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
    the civil war shook the country
  5. (verb, emotion) stimulate sexually
  6. (verb, emotion) cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
  7. (verb, emotion) arouse or elicit a feeling
  8. (verb, perception) stir feelings in
    excite the audience
    stir emotions

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Excite

  1. mid-14c., "to move, instigate," from L. excitare "rouse, produce," freq. of exciere "call forth, instigate," from ex- "out" + ciere "set in motion, call" (see cite). Main modern sense of "emotionally agitate" is first attested 1821. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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