See also: excité

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

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

VerbEdit

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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FrenchEdit

VerbEdit

excite

  1. inflection of exciter:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

LatinEdit

VerbEdit

excīte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of exciō

PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

excite

  1. inflection of excitar:
    1. first-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular present subjunctive
    3. third-person singular imperative

RomanianEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

excite

  1. third-person singular/plural present subjunctive of excita

SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

excite

  1. inflection of excitar:
    1. first-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular present subjunctive
    3. third-person singular imperative