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stimulate

[stim-yuh-leyt]
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.
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verb (used without object), stim·u·lat·ed, stim·u·lat·ing.
  1. to act as a stimulus or stimulant.
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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

Synonym study

1. See animate.
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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
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Derived Formsstimulable, adjectivestimulation, nounstimulative, adjective, nounstimulator or stimulater, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin stimulāre; see stimulant
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Word Origin and History for self-stimulation

stimulate

v.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-stimulation in Medicine

stimulate

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