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excite (something) in (one)

To stimulate a particular feeling, interest, etc. in someone. I'm afraid of flying, so learning that my new job requires me to travel by plane excited terror in me. Going to the museum as a kid really excited a love of dinosaurs in me
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excite (one) about (something)

To cause one to feel enthusiastic about something, especially in anticipation of participating in it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "excite" and "about." Despite my best efforts, I still haven't been able to excite my students about trigonometry.
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excited about (something)

Enthusiastic about something, especially in anticipation of participating in it. I'm so excited about my new job—it's really the kind of work I've been wanting to do all my life.
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more than a little

Having quite a lot of a particular emotion. I'm more than a little disappointed that you won't be coming to the wedding, I must say. Tom is more than a little excited about starting his new job.
See also: little, more

more than a little exˈcited, ˈshocked, etc.

quite or very excited, shocked, etc: Peter was more than a little disappointed not to be chosen for the team.I was more than a little surprised to see it still there two days later.
See also: little, more
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John ran excitedly to the waterfront and looked Old Green up and down.
I couldn't sleep after I saw that big tree," Yates recalls excitedly.
A team of writers, reporting on a cost-to-coast drive across the United States, excitedly told their readers about a man they had met in Dearborn, Michigan: "His eyes are set close together, the prickly eyes of a peasant.
They excitedly stocked the kits, which were housed in large 5-gallon buckets, and then hauled the kits to trucks waiting outside.
Pardo excitedly nodded yes, and kissed Yap on the lips.
He then grins excitedly as he poses against the famous models.
I gained a valuable insight into these findings this summer when, on our way to Scotland, I excitedly announced: "Ooh, look.
and he did - Hello Bud keeping on pluckily to reward each-way support on 1-2-3-4-5 terms Punting low Having excitedly talked up his chance and launched what I'd hoped would be a dcor-changing gamble, it did not feel that great to watch Eric's Charm soar and then subside at the first.
ON THE 15th of October, Year 6 excitedly set off on a trip to Dukes House Wood.
The children pictured were excitedly climbing on the tree and one was hitting it with its own branches for 'nearly killing my grandpa'.
The most enthusiastic buss occurred when Mayer excitedly greeted girlfriend Jessica Simpson, now a brunette, with a bear hug and lip lock, as daddy Joe and sister Ashley looked on.
I got into music through skateboard videos," Burg excitedly dates.
For the first couple years [of the transition] I excitedly woke up every morning wondering if new hair had sprouted on my face, chest, and belly.
And while this will no doubt pander to the vanity of Charlotte's mum Maria, who is excitedly telling everyone the couple are the Welsh Posh and Becks (in her dreams maybe?
AND after the break, '' said the TV man excitedly, ``we'll be going over to the Soham trial for the latest sensational development .