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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

Very; significantly. Usually said 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.
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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.
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Examples of the causes of deaths occurring during police intervention included excited delirium, positional asphyxia, and cardiac arrest.
As a former public school teacher, she knows the important role that teachers play in their students' lives, and she's very excited to be here to encourage people to become public school teachers.
Spontaneous emission of photons by atoms is such a fundamental, ubiquitous phenomenon that it's easy to forget that an excited atom will emit a photon only if the surrounding vacuum (the space between atoms) can receive it.
She said, ``I think everyone is going to be very excited and positive, and I think it's going to be a great year for them.
In Gole's pulsed amplifier, thallium atoms pick up energy from collisions with excited molecules formed by a reaction between ozone and silicon or germanium.