over·​stim·​u·​late ˌō-vər-ˈstim-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce overstimulate (audio)
overstimulated; overstimulating

transitive verb

: to stimulate to an excessive or abnormal degree
The ongoing presence of HIV overstimulates B cells, which are abundant in the lymph nodes, and keeps them in a state of chronic activation.Robert R. Redfield et al.
… a monetary system … that keeps government from overstimulating demand through excessive money creation.George Melloan
see also overstimulated
overstimulation noun
plural overstimulations
In fact, too much stability and routine may bore such a horse—and boredom can be just as stressful as overstimulation. Robert W. Bell, PhD

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These pulses temporarily overstimulate the marine animals’ electrosensory organs, called ampullae of Lorenzini. Sabrina Weiss, WIRED, 30 Dec. 2022 Delta 9 is more likely to overstimulate CB1 receptors, which can cause anxiety and even paranoia. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2022 But many investors feared that the tax cuts would overstimulate the country’s economy, leading to even more rate increases. Isabella Simonetti, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2022 Their parents constantly overstimulate them by tossing them in the air and dangling them upside down. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 25 Nov. 2021 These hormones can then overstimulate and overwhelm your heart muscles. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 In the effort to communicate your brand, the tendency of many companies is to overstimulate their audience. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Often, brands attempt to overstimulate the customer with unnecessary ads, pop-ups and notifications. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Summers, a former Treasury Secretary under Clinton, warned earlier this year that Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill might overstimulate and damage the economy by sparking excessive inflation. John Harwood, CNN, 3 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overstimulate was in 1801

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“Overstimulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstimulate. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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