Cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa" [syn: induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make]
Stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country" [syn: stimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stir]
Stimulate \Stim"u*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stimulated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Stimulating.] [L. stimulatus, p. p. of
stimulare to prick or goad on, to incite, fr. stimulus a
goad. See Stimulus.]
1. To excite as if with a goad; to excite, rouse, or animate,
to action or more vigorous exertion by some pungent motive
or by persuasion; as, to stimulate one by the hope of
reward, or by the prospect of glory.
To excite and stimulate us thereunto. --Dr. J.
2. (Physiol.) To excite; to irritate; especially, to excite
the activity of (a nerve or an irritable muscle), as by
Syn: To animate; incite; encourage; impel; urge; instigate;
irritate; exasperate; incense.