excite

To excite is to stimulate, animate, or energize. The return of your favorite TV show might excite you, and winning millions of dollars in the lottery will definitely excite you.

While a new book by a beloved author excites one person, and an extra scoop of ice cream excites another, it might take something like a free trip to Hawaii to excite you. In quantum mechanics, the word excite takes on a more scientific meaning: to raise something, like an atom or an electron, to a higher level of energy. The Latin root of excite is excitare, "rouse, call out, or summon forth."

Definitions of excite
  1. verb
    act as a stimulant
    synonyms: stimulate
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    dampen, stifle
    smother or suppress
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    invigorate, quicken
    give life or energy to
    innervate
    stimulate to action
    irritate
    excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus
    pinch, vellicate
    irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear
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    affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
    have an effect upon
  2. verb
    cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
    synonyms: agitate, charge, charge up, commove, rouse, turn on
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    calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
    make calm or still
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    hype up, psych up
    get excited or stimulated
    bother
    make nervous or agitated
    pother
    make upset or troubled
    electrify
    excite suddenly and intensely
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    disturb, trouble, upset
    move deeply
  3. verb
    arouse or elicit a feeling
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    enthuse
    cause to feel enthusiasm
    bring down
    cause to be enthusiastic
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  4. verb
    stir feelings in
    excite the audience”
    synonyms: stimulate, stir
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    horripilate
    cause (someone's) hair to stand on end and to have goosebumps
    work
    provoke or excite
    thrill
    cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input
    quicken, whet
    make keen or more acute
    disgust, gross out, repel, revolt
    fill with distaste
    nauseate, sicken, turn one's stomach
    upset and make nauseated
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    sensitise, sensitize
    cause to sense; make sensitive
  5. verb
    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
    synonyms: shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
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    fuel
    stimulate
    arouse, sex, turn on, wind up
    stimulate sexually
    affright, fright, frighten, scare
    cause fear in
    thrill, tickle, vibrate
    feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
    invite, tempt
    give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
    elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
    animate, enliven, exalt, inspire, invigorate
    heighten or intensify
    titillate
    excite pleasurably or erotically
    bluff
    frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
    awe
    inspire awe in
    terrify, terrorise, terrorize
    fill with terror; frighten greatly
    intimidate
    make timid or fearful
    alarm, appal, appall, dismay, horrify
    fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
    consternate
    fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion
    tempt
    try to seduce
    beatify
    make blessedly happy
    puff
    make proud or conceited
    beatify, exalt, exhilarate, inebriate, thrill, tickle pink
    fill with sublime emotion
    encourage
    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
    spook
    frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  6. verb
    stimulate sexually
    synonyms: arouse, sex, turn on, wind up
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    tempt
    try to seduce
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    shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
  7. verb
    raise to a higher energy level
    excite the atoms”
    synonyms: energise, energize
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  8. verb
    produce a magnetic field in
    excite the neurons”
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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