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.


  1. stimulate

    To stimulate is to cause or encourage increased activity or interest in something or someone. This can be physical, such as stimulating a muscle with certain exercises or mental, such as stimulating the brain with different intellectual tasks.

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. Gary Cohn:

    We are in currency wars, the prevailing view is that the easy way to stimulate economic growth is to have a low currency.

  2. Joshy Jacob:

    The milk stayed good, just like you refrigerated it, in 2012, scientists took that particular frog and wanted to know why is it, why do these frogs keep milk fresh? It turned out that when you shock a frog or when you stimulate them or stress them, they secrete these short peptides into their surroundings.

  3. Todd Rosenbluth:

    The preference for international equities continued, aided we think by confidence that the European Central Bank would help stimulate the local economies.

  4. Mona Hanna-Attisha:

    Read to your kid, talk to them, stimulate them, put them in early literature programs, enroll them in preschool.

  5. Junichi Ishikawa:

    The approach to 125 yen takes dollar/yen into politically sensitive territory. Any big gains by the dollar just as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks are climaxing could stimulate those on both sides of the Pacific opposed to the negotiations, and the authorities would not want that.

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