ex·cite /ɪkˈsaɪt, ɛk-/
ex·cite /ɪkˈsaɪt/ 及物動詞
Ex·cite v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excited; p. pr. & vb. n. exciting.]
1. To call to activity in any way; to rouse to feeling; to kindle to passionate emotion; to stir up to combined or general activity; as, to excite a person, the spirits, the passions; to excite a mutiny or insurrection; to excite heat by friction.
2. Physiol. To call forth or increase the vital activity of an organism, or any of its parts.
3. Elec. To energize (an electro-magnet); to produce a magnetic field in; as, to excite a dynamo.
4. Physics To raise to a higher energy level; -- used especially of atoms or molecules, or of electrons within atoms or molecules; as, absorption of a photon excites the cesium atom, which subsequently radiates the excess energy.
Syn: -- To incite; awaken; animate; rouse or arouse; stimulate; inflame; irritate; provoke.
Usage: -- To Excite, Incite. When we excite we rouse into action feelings which were less strong; when we incite we spur on or urge forward to a specific act or end. Demosthenes excited the passions of the Athenians against Philip, and thus incited the whole nation to unite in the war against him. Antony, by his speech over the body of Cæsar, so excited the feelings of the populace, that Brutus and his companions were compelled to flee from Rome; many however, were incited to join their standard, not only by love of liberty, but hopes of plunder.
v 1: arouse or elicit a feeling
2: act as a stimulant; "The book stimulated her imagination";
"This play stimulates" [syn: stimulate] [ant: stifle]
3: raise to a higher energy level; "excite the atoms" [syn: energize,
4: stir feelings in; "stimulate my appetite"; "excite the
audience"; "stir emotions" [syn: stimulate, stir]
5: cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker
charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks" [syn:
agitate, rouse, turn on, charge, commove, charge
up] [ant: calm]
6: stimulate sexually; "This movie usually arouses the male
audience" [syn: arouse, sex, turn on, wind up]
7: stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories
shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country"
[syn: stimulate, shake, shake up, stir]
8: produce a magnetic field in; "excite the neurons"