What does stimulate mean?

Definitions for stimulate
ˈstɪm yəˌleɪtstim·u·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stimulate, exciteverb

    act as a stimulant

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

  2. induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, makeverb

    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, stirverb

    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 upverb

    cause to be alert and energetic

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

  5. induce, stimulate, rush, hastenverb

    cause to occur rapidly

    "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions"

  6. stimulate, excite, stirverb

    stir feelings in

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

  7. provoke, stimulateverb

    provide the needed stimulus for


  1. stimulateverb

    To encourage into action.

  2. stimulateverb

    To arouse an organism to functional activity.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To STIMULATEverb

    Etymology: stimulo, Latin.

    Extreme cold stimulates, producing first a rigour, and then a glowing heat; those things which stimulate in the extreme degree excite pain. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    Some medicines lubricate, and others both lubricate and stimulate. Samuel Sharp.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stimulateverb

    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. Stimulateverb

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

Editors Contribution

  1. stimulate

    To motivate, encourage and provide opportunities to learn, play, develop, socialize and form relationships.

    The local youth club knew they could stimulate the youth and empower them to develop into responsible adults.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

  2. stimulate

    To provide a stimulus.

    The unity government knew they had to stimulate the economy and it was easy.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for stimulate »

  1. mutilates

  2. ultimates

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stimulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stimulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of stimulate in a Sentence

  1. James Ragan:

    In a situation where you have got the trade expectation that could help stimulate business spending next year, still low interest rates and the strong consumer. That's a recipe for equity values to continue to move higher.

  2. Alliance Bernstein:

    We expect demand in 2015 to increase by 9.8 percent to 268 mtpa (million tonnes per annum) as new LNG projects start up and lower prices stimulate demand.

  3. Richard Black:

    It won't happen by itself, the government will need to continue with the many measures it has to stimulate both supply and demand.

  4. Mike Zuzolo:

    The trade got comfortable with an oversupply mindset, we live in a global grain market and a supply problem and lower prices really can stimulate consumption. The elasticity of that consumption is greater than we often assume.

  5. Lindsey Graham:

    You can't stimulate something that's padlocked. Once the padlock is off, which is the virus, then we'll talk about stimulating the economy, people need income stability.

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