Simple Definition of stimulate
: to make (something) more active : to cause or encourage (something) to happen or develop
: to make (a person) excited or interested in something
Full Definition of stimulate
stimulationplay \ˌstim-yə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
stimulativeplay \ˈstim-yə-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective
stimulatorplay \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
stimulatoryplay \-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
Examples of stimulate in a sentence
A raise in employee wages might stimulate production.
The economy was not stimulated by the tax cuts.
a hormone that stimulates the growth of muscle tissue
Their discussion stimulated him to research the subject more.
He was stimulated by their discussion.
Origin and Etymology of stimulate
Latin stimulatus, past participle of stimulare, from stimulus goad; perhaps akin to Latin stilus stem, stylus — more at style
First Known Use: 1566
Synonym Discussion of stimulate
STIMULATE Defined for Kids
Definition of stimulate for Students
1 : to make active or more active : arouse <The advertisements stimulated interest in the new product.>
2 : to act on as a bodily stimulus or stimulant <Caffeine stimulates the nervous system.>
Medical Definition of stimulate
stimulatory\-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\play adjective
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