- to rouse to action or effort, as by encouragement or pressure; spur on; incite: to stimulate his interest in mathematics.
- Physiology, Medicine/Medical. to excite (a nerve, gland, etc.) to its functional activity.
- to invigorate (a person) by a food or beverage containing a stimulant, as coffee, tea, or alcoholic liquor.
Origin of stimulate
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Examples from the Web for stimulate
Instructional materials and approaches that motivate, stimulate, and engage students.What It Takes to Fix American Education
November 23, 2014
We were going to stimulate and grow and get back to positive growth and work with our friends and partners.
The only thing that will stimulate is liberal and conservative opposition to what looks like a plan for offshoring.Obama Wants to Fight Income Inequality…With More Free Trade?
January 27, 2014
RKF: In many of your earlier plays, the characters drink to excess—which tends to stimulate the conversation.The Haunted Stage: Conor McPherson on His Plays
Ronald K. Fried
January 20, 2014
Now however, Carl Icahn has weighed in—and apparently septuagenarians can stimulate the appeal of a tech company.Carl Icahn’s Tweets Send Apple Stock Above $500
August 14, 2013
May the bright example of Lydia stimulate us to a similar conduct!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
The sense of proportion within a design is employed to stimulate and delight the eye.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
Nothing is too filthy to be used to stimulate the base sensuality of the public.The Sexual Question
And now that it came it did not come to stimulate, but to palsy.The Shame of Motley
Every people have sought some article with which to stimulate the human system.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
- (tr; usually passive) to fill (a person) with ideas or enthusiasmhe was stimulated by the challenge
- (tr) physiol to excite (a nerve, organ, etc) with a stimulus
- to encourage (something) to start or progress furthera cut in interest rates should help stimulate economic recovery
Word Origin and History for stimulate
1610s, from Latin stimulatus, past participle of stimulare (see stimulation). Related: Stimulated; stimulating.
- To arouse a body or a responsive structure to increased functional activity.