- An example of stimulate is when you spark the growth of a plant by giving it plant food.
- An example of stimulate is when a drug gets you going and makes you more hyper.
- An example of stimulate is when you get someone involved in an engaging conversation that interests and inspires.
To stimulate is to excite, to invigorate or to spark someone's interest.
transitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
- to rouse or excite to action or increased action; animate; spur on
- to invigorate or seem to invigorate, as by an alcoholic drink
- to excite (an organ, part, etc.) to activity or increased activity
Origin of stimulatefrom Classical Latin stimulatus, past participle of stimulare, to prick, goad, excite from stimulus: see stimulus
to act as a stimulant or stimulus
verbstim·u·lat·ed, stim·u·lat·ing, stim·u·lates
- To rouse to action or increased activity; excite: a policy that stimulated people to protest; incentives to stimulate consumer spending. See Synonyms at provoke.
- To increase temporarily the activity of (a body organ or system, for example).
- To cause to be interested or engaged: Animals in zoos need to be stimulated to remain healthy.
- To cause to desire to have sex; arouse sexually.
- To excite or invigorate (a person, for example) with a stimulant.
To act or serve as a stimulant or stimulus.
Origin of stimulateLatin stimulāre stimulāt- to goad on from stimulus goad
- stim′u·lat′er stim′u·la′tor
- stim′u·la′tive stim′u·la·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present stimulates, present participle stimulating, simple past and past participle stimulated)