Definition of stimulate
stimulationplay \ˌstim-yə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
stimulativeplay \ˈstim-yə-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective
stimulatorplay \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
stimulatoryplay \-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of stimulate from the Web
As a result, the populists had pursued transformative economic change with abandon, focusing on swiftly stimulating growth, generating employment, and redistributing income rather than curbing inflation or balancing government budgets.
In his keynote speech at the St. Petersburg forum on Friday, Putin is expected to repeat his usual calls for opening up the economy and stimulating growth.
Acupuncture, stimulating the body through careful placement of needles, is accepted and routine in the East but not the West.
Acupuncture therapy releases blocked Qi and evokes the body's natural healing response by stimulating special points along the meridians that relate to very specific physical and mental functions.
In March, North Carolina Zoo officials said a 9-year-old female reticulated giraffe, named Jamili, was found unresponsive after becoming entangled in a device meant to keep the animals intellectually stimulated and engaged.
Phosphorus is a natural water nutrient that stimulates growth and is commonly found in fertilizers and other industrial products, according to the EPA's website.
In Indiana, Pence’s successor, Gov. Eric Holcomb, said in his State of the State address that Indiana should work to burn coal cleanly while also stimulating the state's economy.
The idea was to gather a few people together to give money to give grants to artists to stimulate the arts.
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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
STIMULATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stimulate for English Language Learners
: to make (something) more active : to cause or encourage (something) to happen or develop
: to make (a person) excited or interested in something
STIMULATE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of stimulate
stimulatory\-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\play adjective
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