|Origin:||exciter, from Latin excitare, from citare 'to set in movement'|
1 [not in progressive]
to make someone feel happy, interested, or eager:
His playing is technically brilliant, but it doesn't excite me.
to cause a particular feeling or reaction [= arouse]
excite interest/curiosity/sympathy etc
The court case has excited a lot of public interest.
He tried not to do anything to excite the suspicion of the police.
excite comment/speculation/a reaction
The book excited very little comment.
to make someone feel sexual desire [= arouse]
to make an organ, nerve etc in your body react or increase its activity