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stimulate

[stim-yuh-leyt] /ˈstɪm yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), stimulated, stimulating.
1.
to rouse to action or effort, as by encouragement or pressure; spur on; incite:
to stimulate his interest in mathematics.
2.
Physiology, Medicine/Medical. to excite (a nerve, gland, etc.) to its functional activity.
3.
to invigorate (a person) by a food or beverage containing a stimulant, as coffee, tea, or alcoholic liquor.
verb (used without object), stimulated, stimulating.
4.
to act as a stimulus or stimulant.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin stimulātus (past participle of stimulāre to goad). See stimulus, -ate1
Related forms
stimulable, adjective
stimulability
[stim-yuh-luh-bil-i-tee] /ˌstɪm yə ləˈbɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
stimulatingly, adverb
stimulation, noun
stimulator, stimulater, noun
antistimulation, noun
hyperstimulation, noun
interstimulate, verb (used with object), interstimulated, interstimulating.
interstimulation, noun
nonstimulable, adjective
nonstimulating, adjective
nonstimulation, noun
overstimulate, verb, overstimulated, overstimulating.
overstimulation, noun
poststimulation, adjective
prestimulate, verb (used with object), prestimulated, prestimulating.
prestimulation, noun
restimulate, verb (used with object), restimulated, restimulating.
restimulation, noun
self-stimulated, adjective
self-stimulating, adjective
self-stimulation, noun
semistimulating, adjective
superstimulate, verb (used with object), superstimulated, superstimulating.
superstimulation, noun
unstimulable, adjective
unstimulated, adjective
unstimulating, adjective
unstimulatingly, adverb
Can be confused
activate, actuate, stimulate.
Synonyms
1. arouse, activate, excite. See animate.
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Examples from the web for stimulates
  • Water plants keep ponds shaded, protecting them from heat buildup that stimulates algae growth.
  • Facilitates and stimulates a dynamic work environment.
  • stimulates an academic environment that values and embraces diversity in heritage, thought, and practice.
  • Studies have shown that peppermint stimulates the brain and improves concentration levels.
  • It stimulates their minds, gets them to think in terms of argumentation and facts, rather than putting them to sleep.
  • The open doorway in the bear's stomach represents birth and stimulates the imaginations of onlookers.
  • If you have differences of opinion it stimulates others to do more research and come up with an answer in the end.
  • In the ring digit, testosterone stimulates cell division, building up cartilage and bone to make the digit longer.
  • If sharp, wit is apt to produce a feeling of mistrust even while it stimulates.
  • In his room, it is again the singing canary in the cage who occupies him and stimulates him to a comparison with himself.
British Dictionary definitions for stimulates

stimulate

/ˈstɪmjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive; usually passive) to fill (a person) with ideas or enthusiasm: he was stimulated by the challenge
2.
(transitive) (physiol) to excite (a nerve, organ, etc) with a stimulus
3.
to encourage (something) to start or progress further: a cut in interest rates should help stimulate economic recovery
Derived Forms
stimulable, adjective
stimulation, noun
stimulative, adjective, noun
stimulator, stimulater, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin stimulāre; see stimulant
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Word Origin and History for stimulates

stimulate

v.

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

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stimulates in Medicine

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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