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 conversationpique 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.
Recent Examples on the WebThe town of Pratola Peligna, located about a two-hour drive east of Rome, is hoping to revitalize its culture, preserve its history, and stimulate its socioeconomic growth by launching the scheme to attract new residents, the town said in a release.
Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 12 Oct. 2021 Historically, manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods stimulate demand through a steady stream of introductions, with roughly one-third of items being replaced each year.
Steve Banker, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 The asset purchases aim to stimulate the economy by holding down long-term interest rates to spur borrowing and spending.
Nick Timiraos, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2021 Other research has variously suggested that exposure to negative ions could elevate mood and alertness, reduce stress and stimulate the fight-or-flight response by increasing the heart rate and blood flow to the muscles.
New York Times, 28 July 2021 Quantitative easing helps stimulate the economy by driving down interest rates, which hurts savers.
Allan Sloan, ProPublica, 27 Apr. 2021 Airlines in Europe have been trying to stimulate demand by lowering ticket prices for travel in the second quarter of 2021, according to Skytra, a unit of Airbus SE which collates travel industry data.
Nikos Chrysoloras, Fortune, 17 Mar. 2021 Further review showed that coffee aroma may enhance working memory and stimulate alertness.
Julia Musto, Fox News, 12 Nov. 2021 These treatments can also stimulate collagen production, says Dr. Hooper.
Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, 8 Nov. 2021
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