stimulant

noun
stim·​u·​lant | \ˈstim-yə-lənt \

Definition of stimulant 

1 : an agent (such as a drug) that produces a temporary increase of the functional activity or efficiency of an organism or any of its parts

2 : stimulus

3 : an alcoholic beverage not used technically

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Other Words from stimulant

stimulant adjective

Examples of stimulant in a Sentence

The movie was a stimulant to discussion. the relaxed zoning regulations should serve as a stimulant for development in the area

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However, medications like stimulants to keep you awake during the day can help manage symptoms, along with lifestyle changes such as taking regularly scheduled naps and trying to keep a stable sleep schedule, the NINDS says. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "What Does It Mean if You Fall Asleep Instantly Every Night?," 20 Oct. 2018 One of the stimulants, DMAA, was used in nasal decongestants in the 1940s but withdrawn from the market several decades later. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Illegal Ingredients in Your Dietary Supplements," 22 Oct. 2018 The rise in teenagers using e-cigarettes has alarmed health officials who worry kids will get addicted to nicotine, a stimulant, and be more likely to try cigarettes. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "2 million US teens are vaping marijuana," 17 Sep. 2018 The network reportedly looked into whether or not contestants were given stimulants, diet medications, weight loss supplements or diuretics. Fox News, "NBC launched internal investigation to see if 'Biggest Loser' contestants were given weight-loss drugs: report," 19 July 2018 By 2014, alternative medicines, including digestive aids, probiotics and energy stimulants, were used by 3.1 of all the children, and by almost 5 percent of teenagers. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "A Third of Children Use Alternative Medicines," 18 June 2018 Ritalin, or methylphenidate, is in a class of medications called central nervous system stimulants, which are often used in children and adults to help control symptoms of ADHD or to treat narcolepsy. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "NRA's incoming president ties Ritalin to school shootings, but here's what the science says," 21 May 2018 Caffeine is a stimulant and also activates the brain’s reward system, but to a much lesser degree than addictive drugs. Washington Post, "Science Says: What makes something truly addictive," 21 June 2018 Oxygen is a natural stimulant that will help wake you up and clear out some of that fogginess. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "How to Cure a Hangover: A Drinker’s Guide to Surviving the Morning After," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of stimulant

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stimulant was circa 1728

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stimulant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stimulant

: something (such as a drug) that makes you more active or gives you more energy

: something that causes more activity

stimulant

noun
stim·​u·​lant | \ˈsti-myə-lənt \

Kids Definition of stimulant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something (as a drug) that makes the body or one of its parts temporarily more active a heart stimulant

stimulant

adjective

Kids Definition of stimulant (Entry 2 of 2)

: stimulating or tending to stimulate

stimulant

noun
stim·​u·​lant | \ˈstim-yə-lənt \

Medical Definition of stimulant 

1 : an agent (as a drug) that produces a temporary increase of the functional activity or efficiency of an organism or any of its parts

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