Dictionary Definition

'Stimulate'

Definition of 'stimulate'
From: WordNet
verb
Act as a stimulant; "The book stimulated her imagination"; "This play stimulates" [syn: stimulate, excite] [ant: dampen, stifle]
verb
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]
verb
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]
verb
Cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate" [syn: stimulate, arouse, brace, energize, energise, perk up] [ant: calm, de-energise, de-energize, sedate, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize]
verb
Cause to occur rapidly; "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions" [syn: induce, stimulate, rush, hasten]
verb
Stir feelings in; "stimulate my appetite"; "excite the audience"; "stir emotions" [syn: stimulate, excite, stir]
verb
Provide the needed stimulus for [syn: provoke, stimulate]
Definition of 'Stimulate'
From: GCIDE
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. [1913 Webster]
To excite and stimulate us thereunto. --Dr. J. Scott. [1913 Webster]
2. (Physiol.) To excite; to irritate; especially, to excite the activity of (a nerve or an irritable muscle), as by electricity. [1913 Webster]
Syn: To animate; incite; encourage; impel; urge; instigate; irritate; exasperate; incense. [1913 Webster]
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