- 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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Related Words for stimulationincentive, stimulant, incitement, refreshment, titillation, piquancy, invigoration
Examples from the Web for stimulation
Contemporary Examples of stimulation
I need some stimulation in my blood,” Bergesio says, “and here you have confrontation.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
The screen cuts to black, leaving you with just the intensity of the passion in their words as stimulation.Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Her’ Performance Deserves Oscar Love
December 18, 2013
Prior to stimulation, the dress is one of two colors: “Intimacy White” or “Intimacy Black.”This Dress Knows You're Horny
February 21, 2013
With no touch, affection, and play, the children begin to provide their own stimulation because they need it to survive.Russia’s Adoption Ban Is Cruel and Vindictive to All
Dr. Jane Aronson
December 29, 2012
And does anyone expect every corner of the world that does get noticed to yield pleasure and stimulation?The Art Exhibition Documenta Contains Almost Too Much Good Art to Experience
June 9, 2012
Historical Examples of stimulation
And yet no, not paralyzing; he could not but recognize that the shock had in reality been a stimulation.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Slowly, the stimulation of the encounter faded, and he shook his head.Millennium
Everett B. Cole
He does not lay stress on the stimulation of vanity and false pride.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
The stimulation is supplied by the salts also secreted by these glands.The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction
Winfield S. Hall
His environment and the company had given him a fair degree of stimulation.Eben Holden
- (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
Word Origin for stimulate
1520s, "act of pricking or stirring to action," from Latin stimulationem (nominative stimulatio), from stimulare "prick, goad, urge," from stimulus "spur, goad," from PIE *sti- "point, prick, pierce" (see stick (v.)).
1610s, from Latin stimulatus, past participle of stimulare (see stimulation). Related: Stimulated; stimulating.
- Arousal of the body or of individual organs or other parts to increased functional activity.
- The condition of being stimulated.
- The application of a stimulus to a responsive structure, such as a nerve or muscle, regardless of whether the strength of the stimulus is sufficient to produce excitation.
- To arouse a body or a responsive structure to increased functional activity.