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stimulate

[stim-yuh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), stim·u·lat·ed, stim·u·lat·ing.
  1. to rouse to action or effort, as by encouragement or pressure; spur on; incite: to stimulate his interest in mathematics.
  2. Physiology, Medicine/Medical. to excite (a nerve, gland, etc.) to its functional activity.
  3. to invigorate (a person) by a food or beverage containing a stimulant, as coffee, tea, or alcoholic liquor.
verb (used without object), stim·u·lat·ed, stim·u·lat·ing.
  1. to act as a stimulus or stimulant.

Origin of stimulate

First recorded in 1540–50, stimulate is from the Latin word stimulātus (past participle of stimulāre to goad). See stimulus, -ate1
Related formsstim·u·la·ble, adjectivestim·u·la·bil·i·ty [stim-yuh-luh-bil-i-tee] /ˌstɪm yə ləˈbɪl ɪ ti/, nounstim·u·lat·ing·ly, adverbstim·u·la·tion, nounstim·u·la·tor, stim·u·lat·er, nounan·ti·stim·u·la·tion, nounhy·per·stim·u·la·tion, nounin·ter·stim·u·late, verb (used with object), in·ter·stim·u·lat·ed, in·ter·stim·u·lat·ing.in·ter·stim·u·la·tion, nounnon·stim·u·la·ble, adjectivenon·stim·u·lat·ing, adjectivenon·stim·u·la·tion, nouno·ver·stim·u·late, verb, o·ver·stim·u·lat·ed, o·ver·stim·u·lat·ing.o·ver·stim·u·la·tion, nounpost·stim·u·la·tion, adjectivepre·stim·u·late, verb (used with object), pre·stim·u·lat·ed, pre·stim·u·lat·ing.pre·stim·u·la·tion, nounre·stim·u·late, verb (used with object), re·stim·u·lat·ed, re·stim·u·lat·ing.re·stim·u·la·tion, nounself-stim·u·lat·ed, adjectiveself-stim·u·lat·ing, adjectiveself-stim·u·la·tion, nounsem·i·stim·u·lat·ing, adjectivesu·per·stim·u·late, verb (used with object), su·per·stim·u·lat·ed, su·per·stim·u·lat·ing.su·per·stim·u·la·tion, nounun·stim·u·la·ble, adjectiveun·stim·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·stim·u·lat·ing, adjectiveun·stim·u·lat·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedactivate actuate stimulate

Synonyms

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1. arouse, activate, excite.

Synonym study

1. See animate.
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Examples from the Web for stimulator

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Historical Examples

  • As a stimulator of public opinion the work he did was enormous.

    Victorian Literature

    Clement K. Shorter

  • This man is the idol of the people, their passion, the ruler of their souls, the stimulator of their enthusiasm.

  • The oppressed needs the stimulator and firer, because he lacks the independence and faculty for initiative.

  • The proximate mover or stimulator of change (Efficient) ἡ τί πρῶτον ἐκίνησε.

    Aristotle

    George Grote

  • Intellectually, spiritually, and socially he was the most brilliant leader and stimulator of artists we have ever seen in England.


British Dictionary definitions for stimulator

stimulate

verb
  1. (tr; usually passive) to fill (a person) with ideas or enthusiasmhe was stimulated by the challenge
  2. (tr) physiol to excite (a nerve, organ, etc) with a stimulus
  3. to encourage (something) to start or progress furthera cut in interest rates should help stimulate economic recovery
Derived Formsstimulable, adjectivestimulation, nounstimulative, adjective, nounstimulator or stimulater, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin stimulāre; see stimulant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stimulator

stimulate

v.

1610s, from Latin stimulatus, past participle of stimulare (see stimulation). Related: Stimulated; stimulating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stimulator in Medicine

stimulator

(stĭmyə-lā′tər)
n.
  1. Someone or something that stimulates.

stimulate

(stĭmyə-lāt′)
v.
  1. To arouse a body or a responsive structure to increased functional activity.
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