Stimulate Definition

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stimulated, stimulates, stimulating
To rouse or excite to action or increased action; animate; spur on.
Webster's New World
To excite (an organ, part, etc.) to activity or increased activity.
Webster's New World
To cause to be interested or engaged.
Animals in zoos need to be stimulated to remain healthy.
American Heritage
To act as a stimulant or stimulus.
Webster's New World
To invigorate or seem to invigorate, as by an alcoholic drink.
Webster's New World

Origin of Stimulate

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin stimulāre stimulāt- to goad on from stimulus goad

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

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