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excite (v.)

mid-14c., exciten, "to move, stir up, instigate," from Old French esciter (12c.) or directly from Latin excitare "rouse, call out, summon forth, produce," frequentative of exciere "call forth, instigate," from ex "out" (see ex-) + ciere "set in motion, call" (from PIE root *keie- "to set in motion"). Of feelings, "to stir up, rouse," from late 14c. Of bodily organs or tissues, from 1831. Sense of "rouse the emotions of, emotionally agitate" is attested from 1821.

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Definitions of excite

excite (v.)
arouse or elicit a feeling;
excite (v.)
act as a stimulant;
Synonyms: stimulate
excite (v.)
stir feelings in;
excite the audience
Synonyms: stimulate / stir
excite (v.)
cause to be agitated, excited, or roused;
Synonyms: agitate / rouse / turn on / charge / commove / charge up
excite (v.)
stimulate sexually;
Synonyms: arouse / sex / turn on / wind up
excite (v.)
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of;
Synonyms: stimulate / shake / shake up / stir
excite (v.)
raise to a higher energy level;
excite the atoms
Synonyms: energize / energise
excite (v.)
produce a magnetic field in;
excite the neurons
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