Definitions for stimulateˈstɪm yəˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stim•u•lateˈstɪm yəˌleɪt(v.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to rouse to action or effort, as by encouragement or pressure; incite.

  2. to excite (a nerve, gland, etc.) to its functional activity.

    Category: Medicine, Physiology, Psychology

  3. to invigorate (a person) by a food or beverage containing a stimulant.

  4. (v.i.)to act as a stimulus or stimulant.

Origin of stimulate:

1540–50; < L stimulātus, ptp. of stimulāre to goad. See stimulus , -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. stimulate, excite(verb)

    act as a stimulant

    "The book stimulated her imagination"; "This play stimulates"

  2. induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make(verb)

    cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

    "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

  3. stimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stir(verb)

    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

    "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country"

  4. stimulate, arouse, brace, energize, energise, perk up(verb)

    cause to be alert and energetic

    "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"

  5. induce, stimulate, rush, hasten(verb)

    cause to occur rapidly

    "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions"

  6. stimulate, excite, stir(verb)

    stir feelings in

    "stimulate my appetite"; "excite the audience"; "stir emotions"

  7. provoke, stimulate(verb)

    provide the needed stimulus for

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stimulate(verb)ˈstɪm yəˌleɪt

    to cause to happen or develop

    drugs that stimulate muscle growth

  2. stimulateˈstɪm yəˌleɪt

    to cause to feel interested or excited

    ways to stimulate creativity in students


  1. stimulate(Verb)

    To encourage into action.

  2. stimulate(Verb)

    To arouse an organism to functional activity.

  3. Origin: From stimulatus, perfect passive participle of stimulo, from stimulus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stimulate(verb)

    to excite as if with a goad; to excite, rouse, or animate, to action or more vigorous exertion by some pungent motive or by persuasion; as, to stimulate one by the hope of reward, or by the prospect of glory

  2. Stimulate(verb)

    to excite; to irritate; especially, to excite the activity of (a nerve or an irritable muscle), as by electricity

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stimulate' in Verbs Frequency: #719

Anagrams of stimulate

  1. mutilates

  2. ultimates

Translations for stimulate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to rouse or make more alert, active etc

After listening to the violin concerto, he felt stimulated to practise the violin again.

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