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stimulate

[ stim-yuh-leyt ]
/ 藞st瑟m y蓹藢le瑟t /
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Definition of stimulate

verb (used with object), stim路u路lat路ed, stim路u路lat路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路u路lat路ed, stim路u路lat路ing.
to act as a stimulus or stimulant.
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Origin of stimulate

First recorded in 1540鈥50; from Latin stimul膩t(us) (past participle of stimul膩re 鈥渢o goad鈥); see -ate1

synonym study for stimulate

1. See animate.

OTHER WORDS FROM stimulate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stimulate

activate, stimulate
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British Dictionary definitions for stimulate

stimulate
/ (藞st瑟mj蕣藢le瑟t) /

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 forms of stimulate

stimulable, adjectivestimulation, nounstimulative, adjective, nounstimulator or stimulater, noun

Word Origin for stimulate

C16: from Latin stimul膩re; see stimulant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for stimulate

stimulate
[ st沫my蓹-l膩t鈥 ]

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