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verb [transitive] excite pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈsaɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyexcite
he/she/itexcites
present participleexciting
past tenseexcited
past participleexcited
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  1. 2
    if something excites a feeling or reaction, it makes people feel or react in that way
    excite interest/curiosity/sympathy etc.:

    The film has so far excited little interest outside the art-house theaters.

    excite comment/speculation/rumors:

    Two merger announcements excited speculation about further takeover action.

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    medical to make a nerve or other part of the body start to become more active

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