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stimulate

[stim-yuh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), stim·u·lat·ed, stim·u·lat·ing.
  1. to rouse to action or effort, as by encouragement or pressure; spur on; incite: to stimulate his interest in mathematics.
  2. Physiology, Medicine/Medical. to excite (a nerve, gland, etc.) to its functional activity.
  3. to invigorate (a person) by a food or beverage containing a stimulant, as coffee, tea, or alcoholic liquor.
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verb (used without object), stim·u·lat·ed, stim·u·lat·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsstim·u·la·ble, adjectivestim·u·la·bil·i·ty [stim-yuh-luh-bil-i-tee] /ˌstɪm yə ləˈbɪl ɪ ti/, nounstim·u·lat·ing·ly, adverbstim·u·la·tion, nounstim·u·la·tor, stim·u·lat·er, nounan·ti·stim·u·la·tion, nounhy·per·stim·u·la·tion, nounin·ter·stim·u·late, verb (used with object), in·ter·stim·u·lat·ed, in·ter·stim·u·lat·ing.in·ter·stim·u·la·tion, nounnon·stim·u·la·ble, adjectivenon·stim·u·lat·ing, adjectivenon·stim·u·la·tion, nouno·ver·stim·u·late, verb, o·ver·stim·u·lat·ed, o·ver·stim·u·lat·ing.o·ver·stim·u·la·tion, nounpost·stim·u·la·tion, adjectivepre·stim·u·late, verb (used with object), pre·stim·u·lat·ed, pre·stim·u·lat·ing.pre·stim·u·la·tion, nounre·stim·u·late, verb (used with object), re·stim·u·lat·ed, re·stim·u·lat·ing.re·stim·u·la·tion, nounself-stim·u·lat·ed, adjectiveself-stim·u·lat·ing, adjectiveself-stim·u·la·tion, nounsem·i·stim·u·lat·ing, adjectivesu·per·stim·u·late, verb (used with object), su·per·stim·u·lat·ed, su·per·stim·u·lat·ing.su·per·stim·u·la·tion, nounun·stim·u·la·ble, adjectiveun·stim·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·stim·u·lat·ing, adjectiveun·stim·u·lat·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedactivate actuate stimulate

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Synonym study

1. See animate.
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Related Words for stimulation

incentive, stimulant, incitement, refreshment, titillation, piquancy, invigoration

Examples from the Web for stimulation

Contemporary Examples of stimulation

Historical Examples of stimulation

  • And yet no, not paralyzing; he could not but recognize that the shock had in reality been a stimulation.

  • 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.

  • His environment and the company had given him a fair degree of stimulation.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller


British Dictionary definitions for stimulation

stimulate

verb
  1. (tr; usually passive) to fill (a person) with ideas or enthusiasmhe was stimulated by the challenge
  2. (tr) physiol to excite (a nerve, organ, etc) with a stimulus
  3. to encourage (something) to start or progress furthera cut in interest rates should help stimulate economic recovery
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Derived Formsstimulable, adjectivestimulation, nounstimulative, adjective, nounstimulator or stimulater, noun

Word Origin for stimulate

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

Word Origin and History for stimulation

n.

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.)).

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stimulate

v.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stimulation in Medicine

stimulation

(stĭm′yə-lāshən)
n.
  1. Arousal of the body or of individual organs or other parts to increased functional activity.
  2. The condition of being stimulated.
  3. 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.
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stimulate

(stĭmyə-lāt′)
v.
  1. To arouse a body or a responsive structure to increased functional activity.
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