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From Middle English exciten, from Old French exciter, from Latin excitare (call out, call forth, arouse, wake up, stimulate), frequentative of exciere (call out, arouse excite), from ex (out) + ciere (call, summon). See cite and compare to accite, concite, incite.


  • IPA(key): /ɪkˈsaɪt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪt
  • Hyphenation: ex‧cite


excite (third-person singular simple present excites, present participle exciting, simple past and past participle excited)

  1. (transitive) To stir the emotions of.
    The fireworks which opened the festivities excited anyone present.
  2. (transitive) To arouse or bring out (e.g. feelings); to stimulate.
    Favoritism tends to excite jealousy in the ones not being favored.
    The political reforms excited unrest among the population.
    There are drugs designed to excite certain nerves in our body.
  3. (transitive, physics) To cause an electron to move to a higher than normal state; to promote an electron to an outer level.
    By applying electric potential to the neon atoms, the electrons become excited, then emit a photon when returning to normal.
  4. To energize (an electromagnet); to produce a magnetic field in.
    to excite a dynamo


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  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of excitar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of excitar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of excitar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of excitar




  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of excitar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of excitar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of excitar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of excitar.