- 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 stimulating
While not the most stimulating for those less passionate about cattle, Grandin made it interesting.The Most Inspiring Bits of Temple Grandin’s Reddit AMA
November 18, 2014
By stimulating regions of the brain, the preservation of muscle activity and sensation can be confirmed.DARPA’s $40 Million Plan to Save Soldiers’ Brains
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Michael Zhang
July 15, 2014
I decided not to let a wonderful, stimulating quarter-century at Vogue be diminished.I Was Australia’s Anna Wintour
April 3, 2014
Believe me, it makes for a great and stimulating vacation read.The Idolization of JFK
Harvey J. Kaye
July 9, 2013
But second and more important, this is about stimulating the economy.Michael Tomasky on How Obama Should Play Offense on Taxes
July 10, 2012
The agricultural shows have much effect in stimulating progress.The Roof of France
It is necessary for other factors to act in stimulating human work.The Sexual Question
Their popular use is entirely due to their stimulating properties.The Skilful Cook
Frequent bathing the feet in warm water, a stimulating plaster applied to the left side, and gentle exercise, are the most proper.
Now the stimulating class are the things which suggest contrast and relation.The Republic
- inspiring new ideas or enthusiasm
- (of a physical activity) making one feel refreshed and energetic
- (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 stimulating
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.