- 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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- (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 stimulability
1610s, from Latin stimulatus, past participle of stimulare (see stimulation). Related: Stimulated; stimulating.
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- To arouse a body or a responsive structure to increased functional activity.
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