Stimulate definition

stĭmyə-lāt
To increase temporarily the activity of (a body organ or system, for example).
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To rouse to action or increased activity; excite.

A policy that stimulated people to protest; incentives to stimulate consumer spending.

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To cause to be interested or engaged.

Animals in zoos need to be stimulated to remain healthy.

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To cause to desire to have sex; arouse sexually.
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To excite or invigorate (a person, for example) with a stimulant.
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To invigorate or seem to invigorate, as by an alcoholic drink.
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To act or serve as a stimulant or stimulus.
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To rouse or excite to action or increased action; animate; spur on.
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To increase temporarily the activity of something such as a body organ or system.
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To excite or invigorate someone with a stimulant.
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To act as a stimulant or stimulus.
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(med., physiol.) To excite (an organ, part, etc.) to activity or increased activity.
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To cause to desire to have sex; arouse sexually.
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To encourage into action.
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To arouse an organism to functional activity.
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To stimulate is to excite, to invigorate or to spark someone's interest.

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.

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To act or serve as a stimulant or stimulus.
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Origin of stimulate

  • Latin stimulāre stimulāt- to goad on from stimulus goad

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin stimulātus, perfect passive participle of stimulō (“goad on"), from Latin stimulus (“goad").

    From Wiktionary