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excite

verb [T]  /ɪkˈsɑɪt/ us  

excite verb [T] (MAKE HAPPY)

to make someone have strong feelings, esp. of happiness and enthusiasm: In some science fiction movies, the music and special effects can really excite audiences.

excite verb [T] (CAUSE TO REACT)

fml to cause (a particular reaction) in someone: The strange noises excited my curiosity. physics fml To excite an atom is to raise it to a state higher than its lowest energy state.
excited
adjective  /ɪkˈsɑɪ·t̬ɪd/ us  
She was excited about the trip because she was going to learn to ski.
excitedly
adverb  /ɪkˈsɑɪ·t̬ɪd·li/ us  
She ran excitedly outside to greet her cousins.
excitement
noun [U]  /ɪkˈsɑɪt·mənt/ us  
Robin’s heart was pounding with excitement.
exciting
adjective  /ɪkˈsɑɪ·t̬ɪŋ/ us  
It was an exciting role to play, and I was thrilled to get the part.
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