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verb [transitive]     excite pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleexciting
past tenseexcited
past participleexcited
  1. 1
    to make someone feel happy and enthusiastic about something good that is going to happen

    The prospect of working in Australia really excites me.

    1. b.
      to make someone feel that they want to have sex
  2. 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 cinemas.

    excite comment/speculation/rumours:

    Two merger announcements excited speculation about further takeover action.

  3. 3
    medical to make a nerve or other part of the body start to become more active
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