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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: exciter, from Latin excitare, from citare 'to set in movement'

excite

verb
     
ex‧cite [transitive]
1 [not in progressive] to make someone feel happy, interested, or eager:
His playing is technically brilliant, but it doesn't excite me.
2 formal 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.
3 to make someone feel sexual desire [= arouse]
4 technicalHBH to make an organ, nerve etc in your body react or increase its activity

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