Definition of stimulate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    stimulate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈstɪmjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɪmjuleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stimulate
    BrE BrE//ˈstɪmjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɪmjuleɪt//
     
    he / she / it stimulates
    BrE BrE//ˈstɪmjuleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɪmjuleɪts//
     
    past simple stimulated
    BrE BrE//ˈstɪmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɪmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle stimulated
    BrE BrE//ˈstɪmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɪmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form stimulating
    BrE BrE//ˈstɪmjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɪmjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
    Excitement, Showing interest
     
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  1. 1stimulate something to make something develop or become more active; to encourage something The exhibition has stimulated interest in her work. The article can be used to stimulate discussion among students. a government package designed to stimulate economic growth
  2. 2to make somebody interested and excited about something stimulate somebody Parents should give children books that stimulate them. Both men and women are stimulated by erotic photos (= sexually). stimulate somebody to do something The conference stimulated him to study the subject in more depth. See related entries: Excitement, Showing interest
  3. 3stimulate something (specialist) to make a part of the body function The women were given fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries.
  4. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘sting, afflict’): from Latin stimulat- ‘urged, goaded’, from the verb stimulare.Extra examples The economy is recovering, stimulated in part by government spending. These materials are designed to stimulate students intellectually. This tax policy is artificially stimulating demand. activities designed to stimulate the children intellectually A newspaper article can be used to stimulate discussion among students. Any increase in industrial activity will stimulate demand for electricity. Stimulate the patient to activity but don’t push him too hard. The company is trying to stimulate confidence amongst its investors. The course will stimulate interest in the development of modern society. The first workshop is intended to stimulate ideas. This new government initiative is designed to stimulate economic growth.
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