- 1Cause (someone) to feel very enthusiastic and eager: flying still excites me Gould was excited by these discoveriesMore example sentences
thrill, exhilarate, animate, enliven, rouse, stir, move, stimulate, galvanize, electrify, fire the imagination of, fire the enthusiasm of; delight, enrapture, intoxicate• informal send, tickle, tickle someone pink, buck up, pep up, ginger up, give someone a buzz, give someone a kick, get someone goingNorth American • informal light a fire under, give someone a charge• rare inspirit
- In reality what it is about is trying to inspire and excite people to think about the town centre.
- For me, Life Through My Eyes is about what inspires me, excites me, aggravates me, relaxes me, outrages me and helps me.
- That's all I wanted to do, not thinking that I would make waves, change minds, excite people, incite people, turn on people, repulse people.
- 1.1Arouse (someone) sexually: his Mediterranean vibrancy excited and stimulated herMore example sentences
- What excites a person sexually (particularly if it's only visual) is as distinct as that person's fingerprints.
- I suppose one could see it as an old man getting excited by the sexuality of young girls.
- Even the most graphic porn doesn't excite you any more.
- 2Give rise to (a feeling or reaction): the ability to excite interest in othersMore example sentences
- So, since their sectional interest excites no passions amongst the populace, some are attracted by more radical measures.
- If the advert merely excites your curiosity or interest, something Maloney calls curious disbelief, that will be enough.
- The system is designed to send vibrations to sensitive parts of the driver's body, and it could excite feelings in them that have long lain dormant.
- 3Produce a state of increased energy or activity in (a physical or biological system): the energy of an electron is sufficient to excite the atomMore example sentences
- By giving the vaccine along with another drug that excites the immune system, doctors can teach Bonet's own immune system to fight her cancer.
- Now, when this wavefront hits a material, some of the wavelets will hit atoms and excite electrons to a higher energy state.
- External energy pumped into the atoms of the lasing medium excites electrons to higher energy states; returning to their base state, they emit photons.
Middle English (in the sense 'incite someone to do something'): from Old French exciter or Latin excitare, frequentative of exciere 'call out or forth'. sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.