- 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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1. arouse, activate, excite.
1. See animate.
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Examples from the Web for stimulator
Currently, the stimulator works on one leg at a time, and thus cannot be used to restore walking.Electric Stimulation and Rigorous Physical Therapy Show Promise for Paralysis Patients
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
April 10, 2014
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.Woman under socialism
The proximate mover or stimulator of change (Efficient) ἡ τί πρῶτον ἐκίνησε.Aristotle
Intellectually, spiritually, and socially he was the most brilliant leader and stimulator of artists we have ever seen in England.Frederic Lord Leighton
- (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
C16: from Latin stimulāre; see stimulant
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Word Origin and History for stimulator
1610s, from Latin stimulatus, past participle of stimulare (see stimulation). Related: Stimulated; stimulating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Someone or something that stimulates.
- To arouse a body or a responsive structure to increased functional activity.
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