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Definition of stimulating adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1full of interesting or exciting ideas; making people feel enthusiastic synonym inspiring a stimulating discussion a stimulating teacher The college offers a challenging and stimulating environment in which to study. Thesaurusinterestingfascinating compelling stimulating gripping absorbingThese words all describe someone or something that attracts or holds your attention because they are/it is exciting, unusual, or full of good ideas.interesting attracting your attention because it is exciting, unusual, or full of good ideas:That's an interesting question, Daniel.fascinating extremely interesting or attractive:The exhibition tells the fascinating story of the steam age.compelling (somewhat formal) so interesting or exciting that it holds your attention:Her latest book makes for compelling reading.stimulating full of interesting or exciting ideas; making people feel enthusiastic:We had a stimulating conversation over lunch.gripping so exciting or interesting that it holds your attention completely:His books are always so gripping.absorbing so interesting or enjoyable that it holds your attention:Chess can be a completely absorbing game.Patterns interesting/fascinating/stimulating for somebody interesting/fascinating to somebody interesting/fascinating that… interesting/fascinating to see/hear/find/learn/know… a(n) interesting/fascinating/compelling/stimulating/gripping read/book a(n) interesting/fascinating/compelling/gripping story a(n) interesting/fascinating/stimulating experience/discussion/idea to find something interesting/fascinating/compelling/stimulating/gripping/absorbing
  2. 2making you feel more active and healthy shower gel containing plant extracts that have a stimulating effect on the skin
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