[ stim-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˈstɪm yəˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), stim·u·lat·ed, stim·u·lat·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), stim·u·lat·ed, stim·u·lat·ing.
OTHER WORDS FOR stimulate
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Origin of stimulate
First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin stimulāt(us) (past participle of stimulāre “to goad”); see -ate1
synonym study for stimulate
1. See animate.
OTHER WORDS FROM stimulate
stim·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 [stim-yuh-ley-shuhn], /ˌstɪm yəˈleɪ ʃən/, noun
stim·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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stimulateactivate, stimulate
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How to use stimulate in a sentence
Rather than try to save companies by stimulating spending, the government might be better served providing social insurance to those that will inevitably lose jobs.Econ 3.0? What economists can contribute to (and learn from) the pandemic|Claire Beatty|September 28, 2020|MIT Technology Review
One of the first things Tye and Matthews noticed was that when they stimulated these neurons, the animals were more likely to seek social interaction with other mice.Why do you feel lonely? Neuroscience is starting to find answers.|Amy Nordrum|September 4, 2020|MIT Technology Review
They are semiconductors, conducting charges when stimulated with light.How a New Solar and Lighting Technology Could Propel a Renewable Energy Transformation|Sam Stranks|September 3, 2020|Singularity Hub
These viral proteins are also antigens, meaning they stimulate immune responses when they invade our bodies.New coronavirus tests promise to be faster, cheaper and easier|Jack J. Lee|August 31, 2020|Science News
While many countries have tried to directly transfer cash to consumers to protect businesses, Beijing has focused much of its effort on stimulating investment and construction.Haves and Have-Nots: Pandemic Recovery Explodes China’s Wealth Gap|Daniel Malloy|August 19, 2020|Ozy
British Dictionary definitions for stimulate
/ (ˈstɪmjʊˌleɪt) /
(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
Derived forms of stimulatestimulable, adjectivestimulation, nounstimulative, adjective, nounstimulator or stimulater, noun
Word Origin for stimulate
C16: from Latin stimulāre; see stimulant
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