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 , as coffee, tea, or alcoholic liquor.
to act as a or .
Contemporary Examples

Even apart from the need to stimulate employment, the case for doing the work right away is a complete no-brainer.
Forget Stimulus, Let’s Talk Savings Robert H. Frank September 7, 2011

Moreover, smart public investments also stimulate more private investment.
Obama Should Use His Budget to Reject Austerity and Promote Growth Robert Shapiro April 9, 2013

The strategy will be to stimulate crises that will be amenable to resolution by the transfer of resources.
Nice Little Peace Agreement You Have There David Frum June 28, 2012

Hopefully they help and they communicate and they stimulate, but the art is inside the viewer.
How Jeff Koons Keeps It Real Blake Gopnik June 20, 2012

R&D tax credits are far from the only measure needed to stimulate high-tech exports.
How to Fix America’s Trade Deficit James Dyson November 12, 2010

Historical Examples

Crimmins spat carefully, as if to stimulate his imagination.
Garrison’s Finish W. B. M. Ferguson

Every people have sought some article with which to stimulate the human system.
Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou

He constantly bore away the prizes, and every fresh success only seemed to stimulate him to more ambitious exertions.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Various

Her depravity did but stimulate her woman’s shrewdness and tact.
Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott

Know, therefore, that the Karaites do not wish to exercise authority; they only desire to stimulate research.
History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6) Heinrich Graetz

(transitive; usually passive) to fill (a person) with ideas or enthusiasm: he was stimulated by the challenge
(transitive) (physiol) to excite (a nerve, organ, etc) with a stimulus
to encourage (something) to start or progress further: a cut in interest rates should help stimulate economic recovery

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

stimulate stim·u·late (stĭm’yə-lāt’)
v. stim·u·lat·ed, stim·u·lat·ing, stim·u·lates
To arouse a body or a responsive structure to increased functional activity.
stim’u·lat’er n.


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