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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.

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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
1. See animate.
activate, actuate, stimulate
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British Dictionary definitions for stimulate

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
stimulable, adjectivestimulation, nounstimulative, adjective, nounstimulator or stimulater, noun
C16: from Latin stimulāre; see stimulant
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Medical definitions for stimulate

stimulate
[ stĭmyə-lāt′ ]

v.

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