- 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 unstimulatingtedious, watery, insipid, boring, wishy-washy, tame, banal, dull, blah, flat, flavorless, humdrum, monotonous, nothing, pabulum, unexciting, uninteresting, vanilla, vapid, weak
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Contemporary Examples of unstimulating
Even in 1999, this gilded cage of a cushy but unstimulating white-collar career was only available to certain people.
Historical Examples of unstimulating
There is a rich variety of these kinds of food, and they are wholesome and unstimulating.Plain Facts for Old and Young
John Harvey Kellogg
He adhered, without wavering, to plain and unstimulating food, and to water for drink.
I also recommended exercise in the open air, such as she could best endure; and withal, a plain, unstimulating diet.
A lifetime of narrow, unstimulating years and thwarted instincts had made age treat her ill.In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim
Frances Hodgson Burnett
The truth is, that vegetable food is not only more quiet and unstimulating than any other, but it holds out longer also.Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages
William Andrus Alcott
- (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
Word Origin and History for unstimulating
1610s, from Latin stimulatus, past participle of stimulare (see stimulation). Related: Stimulated; stimulating.
- To arouse a body or a responsive structure to increased functional activity.