- 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.
- 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 stimulate; from 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 stimulare, stimulat-, 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)