stimulate

verb
stim·​u·​late | \ ˈstim-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce stimulate (audio) \
stimulated; stimulating

Definition of stimulate

transitive verb

1 : to excite to activity or growth or to greater activity : animate, arouse
2a : to function as a physiological stimulus to
b : to arouse or affect by a stimulant (such as a drug)

intransitive verb

: to act as a stimulant or stimulus

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Other Words from stimulate

stimulation \ ˌstim-​yə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce stimulate (audio) \ noun
stimulative \ ˈstim-​yə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce stimulate (audio) \ adjective
stimulator \ ˈstim-​yə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce stimulate (audio) \ noun
stimulatory \ ˈstim-​yə-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce stimulate (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The coronavirus vaccines are injected deep into the muscles and stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies. New York Times, "How Taiwan Plans to Stay (Mostly) Covid-Free," 2 Jan. 2021 Warren has said debt cancellation is the biggest step Biden could take to stimulate the economy without Congress. Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg.com, "Biden Picks Connecticut Schools Chief for Education Secretary," 22 Dec. 2020 As a way to stimulate the economy, those earning less than $75,000 will soon receive a one-time handout of $600, plus $600 for each of their dependent children. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "Here’s how far a $600 stimulus check goes in 22 American cities," 21 Dec. 2020 To stimulate the economy, the Fed essentially slashed interest rates to zero. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Upstart CEO talks major IPO ‘pop,’ A.I. racial bias, and Google," 18 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, the only money that would truly stimulate the economy would be spent rolling out more vaccines, drugs, and tests. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of December 7," 12 Dec. 2020 The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use pieces of genetic material called messenger RNA (mRNA) to prompt the body to make synthetic pieces of the coronavirus and stimulate an immune response. Emma Reynolds, CNN, "Why Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine could do more for the world than other shots," 28 Nov. 2020 Photons of light stimulate photoreceptors in the eye, which transform that information into electrical signals that are sent to the retina, which processes those signals and sends them along to the brain’s visual cortex. Sara Harrison, Wired, "A New Study About Color Tries to Decode ‘The Brain’s Pantone’," 24 Nov. 2020 Statewide orders, in contrast, didn’t lead to similar local concerns, the researchers argued, and were shown to stimulate the economy overall. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Statewide mask mandates help shoppers feel safe and spend more, Utah study shows," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of stimulate

1566, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for stimulate

Latin stimulatus, past participle of stimulare, from stimulus goad; perhaps akin to Latin stilus stem, stylus — more at style

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The first known use of stimulate was in 1566

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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Stimulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stimulate. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for stimulate

stimulate

verb
How to pronounce stimulate (audio)

English Language Learners 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

stimulate

verb
stim·​u·​late | \ ˈsti-myə-ˌlāt How to pronounce stimulate (audio) \
stimulated; stimulating

Kids Definition of stimulate

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.

stimulate

transitive verb
stim·​u·​late | \ -ˌlāt How to pronounce stimulate (audio) \
stimulated; stimulating

Medical Definition of stimulate

1 : to excite to activity or growth or to greater activity
2a : to function as a physiological stimulus to (as a nerve or muscle)
b : to arouse or affect by a stimulant (as a drug)

Other Words from stimulate

stimulative \ ˈstim-​yə-​ˌlāt-​iv How to pronounce stimulate (audio) \ adjective
stimulatory \ -​lə-​ˌtōr-​ē, -​ˌtȯr-​ How to pronounce stimulate (audio) \ adjective

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