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EXCI'TE, verb transitive [Latin excito; ex and cito, to cite, to call or provoke.]

1. To rouse; to call into action; to animate; to stir up; to cause to act that which is dormant, stupid or inactive; as, to excite the spirits or courage.

2. To stimulate; to give new or increased action to; as, to excite the human system; to excite the bowels.

3. To raise; to create; to put in motion; as, to excite a mutiny or insurrection.

4. To rouse; to inflame; as, to excite the passions.