Etymology
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stimulate (v.)

1610s, "rouse to action," from Latin stimulatus, past participle of stimulare (see stimulation). Related: Stimulated; stimulating.

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Definitions of stimulate

stimulate (v.)
act as a stimulant;
The book stimulated her imagination
This play stimulates
Synonyms: excite
stimulate (v.)
cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner;
Synonyms: induce / cause / have / make
stimulate (v.)
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of;
Synonyms: shake / shake up / excite / stir
stimulate (v.)
cause to be alert and energetic;
Coffee and tea stimulate me
This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate
Synonyms: arouse / brace / energize / energise / perk up
stimulate (v.)
cause to occur rapidly;
Synonyms: induce / rush / hasten
stimulate (v.)
stir feelings in;
stimulate my appetite
Synonyms: excite / stir
stimulate (v.)
provide the needed stimulus for;
Synonyms: provoke
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