- 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 stimulated
At the same time, the U.K has adopted policies that have stimulated growth.It’s Always Sunny In England
The Daily Beast
September 17, 2014
The focus is on the revelations and how the reporting enhanced public understanding and stimulated public discussion.Guardian and WaPo Share Pulitzer: Snowden Hails Victory for “More Accountable Democracy”
April 14, 2014
Melodramatic telenovelas have helped bring down the birth rate and stimulated literacy in Mexico and Brazil.The World’s Most Subversive Soap Operas
October 27, 2013
The cheaper yen, off 22 percent against the dollar in the past 12 months, has stimulated higher exports.Japan’s Fiscal Crossroads: Will Abenomics Mean Tougher Changes?
July 26, 2013
And then we transcribed it and discussed it, and it stimulated my thinking and their thinking.Donald Rumsfeld on What Went Right
February 8, 2011
The scent of a big item was in his nostrils, and it stimulated him like champagne.In the Midst of Alarms
On the present occasion, his native powers were stimulated by the thirst of revenge.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
A hard worker himself, those around him were stimulated to hard work.Cleveland Past and Present
Promptitude in action may be stimulated by a due consideration of the value of time.Self-Help
The audacity of the rebels is stimulated by our sluggishness.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
- (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 stimulated
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.