stimulate


stimulate
stimulate [stim′yo͞olāt΄, stim′yəlāt΄]
vt.
stimulated, stimulating [< L stimulatus, pp. of stimulare, to prick, goad, excite < stimulus: see STIMULUS]
1. to rouse or excite to action or increased action; animate; spur on
2. to invigorate or seem to invigorate, as by an alcoholic drink
3. Med. Physiol. to excite (an organ, part, etc.) to activity or increased activity
vi.
to act as a stimulant or stimulus
SYN.- ANIMATE, PROVOKE
stimulater
n.
stimulator
stimulation
n.
stimulative
adj., n.

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  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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