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 Grants are a solid way to receive government funding, especially for projects that provide public services and stimulate the economy. Essence, "3 Places to Find Funding For Your Business," 2 Apr. 2021 Expanding the targets will support more projects and stimulate the economy – something Pennsylvania needs post-pandemic, Laughlin said. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Senate bill proposes expansion of Pennsylvania’s renewable energy targets," 30 Mar. 2021 In the face of the 2020 coronavirus work shutdowns, the Fed was encouraged by almost all experts to take bold action on the funds rate to stimulate the economy. Donald Devine, National Review, "Managing the Economy: More Than the Fed Can Do," 11 Mar. 2021 The intention of stimulus payments is to stimulate the economy. Aaron Smith, Forbes, "Americans Are Spending Their Stimulus Checks On Guns," 10 Mar. 2021 The Fed cuts the federal funds rate to stimulate the economy. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus in Michigan: A timeline of how the pandemic unfolded since last year," 9 Mar. 2021 Data from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget shows that canceling debt would provide a fairly small boost to stimulate the economy, versus enhancing unemployment benefits and state and local aid. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "What will canceling $10,000 in student debt really do?," 2 Mar. 2021 On the state level, this gives us an opportunity to stimulate our economy while not having to borrow and go into debt. CBS News, "Transcript: Gov. Andy Beshear on "Face the Nation," February 28, 2021," 28 Feb. 2021 Some economists argue that defeats the purpose of the checks to stimulate the economy, saying the money should be more targeted toward those in need. Elizabeth Schulze, ABC News, "A 3rd stimulus check could be coming. Here’s what Americans did with the others," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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15 Apr 2021

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“Stimulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stimulate. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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

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