stimulate

[ 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.

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
SYNONYMS FOR stimulate
Related forms
Can be confusedactivate actuate stimulate

Synonym study

1. See animate.
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British Dictionary definitions for stimulability

stimulate

/ (ˈstɪmjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

(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 Formsstimulable, adjectivestimulation, nounstimulative, adjective, nounstimulator or stimulater, noun

Word Origin for stimulate

C16: from Latin stimulāre; see stimulant
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Word Origin and History for stimulability

stimulate


v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for stimulability

stimulate

[ stĭmyə-lāt′ ]

v.

To arouse a body or a responsive structure to increased functional activity.
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