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stimulate

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verb stim·u·late \-ˌlāt\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stimulate

stimulated

stimulating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to excite to activity or growth or to greater activity :  animate, arouse

  3. 2a :  to function as a physiological stimulus tob :  to arouse or affect by a stimulant (as a drug)

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to act as a stimulant or stimulus

stimulation

play \ˌstim-yə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

stimulative

play \ˈstim-yə-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective

stimulator

play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

stimulatory

play \-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of stimulate in a sentence

  1. A raise in employee wages might stimulate production.

  2. The economy was not stimulated by the tax cuts.

  3. a hormone that stimulates the growth of muscle tissue

  4. Their discussion stimulated him to research the subject more.

  5. 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

provoke, excite, stimulate, pique, quicken mean to arouse as if by pricking. provoke directs attention to the response called forth <my stories usually provoke laughter>. excite implies a stirring up or moving profoundly <news that excited anger and frustration>. stimulate suggests a rousing out of lethargy, quiescence, or indifference <stimulating conversation>. pique suggests stimulating by mild irritation or challenge <that remark piqued my interest>. quicken implies beneficially stimulating and making active or lively <the high salary quickened her desire to have the job>.

STIMULATE Defined for Kids

stimulate

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verb stim·u·late \ˈsti-myə-ˌlāt\

Definition of stimulate for Students

stimulated

stimulating

  1. 1 :  to make active or more active :  arouse <The advertisements stimulated interest in the new product.>

  2. 2 :  to act on as a bodily stimulus or stimulant <Caffeine stimulates the nervous system.>




Medical Dictionary

stimulate

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transitive verb stim·u·late \-ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of stimulate

stimulated

;

stimulating

  1. 1:  to excite to activity or growth or to greater activity

  2. 2a:  to function as a physiological stimulus to (as a nerve or muscle)b:  to arouse or affect by a stimulant (as a drug)

stimulative

\ˈstim-yə-ˌlāt-iv\play adjective

stimulatory

\-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\play adjective




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