tr.v. ex·cit·ed, ex·cit·ing, ex·cites
a. To arouse strong feeling in: The speaker excited the crowd. See Synonyms at provoke.
b. To arouse (someone) sexually.
c. To elicit or arouse (a reaction or emotion, for example): odd noises that excited our curiosity.
a. To cause to become more active: Lowering interest rates should excite the economy.
b. Physiology To produce increased activity or response in (an organ, tissue, or part); stimulate.
c. Physics To raise (an atom, for example) to a higher energy level.
[Middle English exciten, from Latin excitāre, frequentative of exciēre : ex-, ex- + ciēre, to set in motion; see keiə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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