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 stimulation (audio) \ noun
stimulative \ ˈstim-​yə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce stimulative (audio) \ adjective
stimulator \ ˈstim-​yə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce stimulator (audio) \ noun
stimulatory \ ˈstim-​yə-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce stimulatory (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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These savings will help families make ends meet and will stimulate the economy, benefiting everyone. Jared Polis, The Denver Post, "Polis: I fought for Coloradans this year and much of it was bipartisan," 7 June 2019 Unlike most facials, which focus on the skin’s surface, this one aimed to stimulate my muscles and keep my skin from drooping. Glamour, "We Tried the Best Methods for Getting Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes," 30 Apr. 2019 Anything that stimulated his optic nerve was fair game. Amy Fine Collins, Town & Country, "What It Was Like Dressing Up For Bill Cunningham," 15 Aug. 2018 Shame on you for stereotyping and insulting an entire group of people (a group of people that stimulates the economy & supports your games, by the way). Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "A Rays minor-league team is hosting a ‘Millennial Night.’ Twitter was not happy," 13 July 2018 Victoria McCullough, 69, of Escondido, California, was one of the first to receive a pacemaker-like device that stimulates a nerve to push the tongue forward during sleep. Washington Post, "New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom," 12 July 2018 The experiment was part of a study published Wednesday seeking to improve upon cochlear implants — electronic devices that stimulate auditory neurons to partially restore hearing. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 One of the study’s authors, Todd McElroy, a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, told Broadly that those who prefer doing mundane tasks that do not stimulate the mind, tend to have a low NFC. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Smart People May Be Slightly Lazier, According to Science," 18 Apr. 2018 During each cycle of IVF, the woman receives drugs that stimulate her ovaries to produce more eggs than normal. Ginger Christ And Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Tours of Ohio fertility clinics show procedures in place to safeguard eggs, embryos (photos, videos)," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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More Definitions for stimulate

stimulate

verb

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 stimulative (audio) \ adjective
stimulatory \ -​lə-​ˌtōr-​ē, -​ˌtȯr-​ How to pronounce stimulatory (audio) \ adjective

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