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Definition of "stimulate" []

  • To rouse to activity or heightened action, as by spurring or goading; excite. See Synonyms at provoke. (verb-transitive)
  • To increase temporarily the activity of (a body organ or part). (verb-transitive)
  • To excite or invigorate (a person, for example) with a stimulant. (verb-transitive)
  • To act or serve as a stimulant or stimulus. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stimulate" in a sentence
  • "But all this print-money scheme will ever stimulate is inflation … in the months leading right-up to midterms."
  • "What mothers should know about the patent medicine evil -- Tonics -- Used by temperance people because it could "stimulate" -- Stomach Bitters -- Blood"
  • "The 1.2 trillion ‘stimulus’ that didn’t stimulate is a prime example."