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Definition of stimulate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stimulate
    he / she / it stimulates
    past simple stimulated
    -ing form stimulating
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  1. 1stimulate something to make something develop or become more active; to encourage something The exhibit 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 someone interested and excited about something stimulate somebody Parents should give children books that stimulate them. stimulate somebody to do something The conference stimulated him to study the subject in more depth.
  3. 3stimulate something (technology) to make a part of the body function The women were given fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries.
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noun [uncountable] sensory/intellectual/sexual/visual/physical stimulation
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