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

Examples of overstimulate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This overstimulates tender new growth that gets infected more easily. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Apr. 2023 Highly sensitive people might feel overwhelmed or overstimulated by their surroundings and may need more time and space to process their emotions and thoughts. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2023 You’re stressed about an upcoming presentation, overstimulated after a long day, or distracted by the sirens screaming in the street below your apartment. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 3 May 2023 Many people with autism may be easily overstimulated and struggle to adjust to new environments. Caroline Catherman, Orlando Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2023 See all Example Sentences for overstimulate 

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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 25 Jul. 2024.

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