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  1. ex·cite
    IPA[ikˈsīt]
  2. verb

    • 1. cause strong feelings of enthusiasm and eagerness in (someone):

      flying still excites me Gould was excited by these discoveries
      Synonym : thrill, exhilarate, animate, enliven, rouse, stir, move, stimulate, galvanize, electrify, fire the imagination of, fire the enthusiasm of, delight, enrapture, intoxicate, send, tickle, tickle someone pink, buck up, pep up, ginger up, give someone a buzz, give someone a kick, get someone going, light a fire under, give someone a charge, inspirit
    • 2. arouse (someone) sexually:

      his kiss thrilled and excited her
      Synonym : arouse, arouse sexually, make someone feel sexually excited, stimulate, titillate, inflame, please, attract, entice, turn someone on, give someone a thrill, get someone going, float someone's boat, do it for someone, light someone's fire, tickle someone's fancy
    • 3. bring out or give rise to (a feeling or reaction):

      the ability to excite interest in others
      Synonym : provoke, stir up, elicit, rouse, arouse, stimulate, kindle, trigger (off), touch off, spark off, awaken, incite, instigate, foment, bring out, cause, bring about, enkindle
    • 4. produce a state of increased energy or activity in (a physical or biological system):

      the energy of an electron is sufficient to excite the atom
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: excite, 3rd person present: excites, gerund or present participle: exciting, past tense: excited, past participle: excited

    • verb

      cause (someone) to feel very enthusiastic and eager:

      arouse (someone) sexually:

    • adjective

      very enthusiastic and eager:

      sexually aroused.

    • adjective

      very enthusiastic and eager:

      sexually aroused.

    • adjective

      relating to or denoting a dynamo-electric machine or analogous system that generates or excites its own magnetic field.
    • adjective

      relating to or denoting a machine or system that generates or excites its own magnetic field.
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