stimulate

[ stim-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˈstɪm yəˌleɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. stim,
  2. stime,
  3. stimson,
  4. stimson, henry lewis,
  5. stimulant,
  6. stimulated emission,
  7. stimulating,
  8. stimulation,
  9. stimulative,
  10. stimulator

Origin of stimulate

First recorded in 1540–50, stimulate is from the Latin word stimulātus (past participle of stimulāre to goad). See stimulus, -ate1

Related forms
Can be confusedactivate actuate stimulate

Synonym study

1. See animate.

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British Dictionary definitions for stimulation

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 stimulation
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Medicine definitions for stimulation

stimulation

[ stĭm′yə-lāshən ]

n.

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.

stimulate

[ stĭmyə-lāt′ ]

v.

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

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