Definition of stimulate in English:

stimulate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Raise levels of physiological or nervous activity in (the body or any biological system)

    ‘the women are given fertility drugs to stimulate their ovaries’
    • ‘In this case, the autonomic system is stimulated because the woman is not producing enough of the female sex hormone, oestrogen.’
    • ‘Dry body-brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, so it will transport toxins out of the body more effectively.’
    • ‘This is accomplished by electrically stimulating the nervous system.’
    • ‘That sympathomimetic drug, which stimulates the nervous system, increases metabolism and burns fat.’
    • ‘IPV is a vaccine that stimulates the immune system of the body (through production of antibodies) to fight the virus if it comes in contact with it.’
    • ‘Together, all of these treatments are supposed to cleanse your body and stimulate your immune system.’
    • ‘Clot formation stimulates the fibrinolytic system, which begins the process of dot dissolution.’
    • ‘However, tests reveal that spuds release sugar quickly into the system, which stimulates the body to secrete a hormone called insulin.’
    • ‘Skin brushing could be done just before bathing or showering to stimulate the lymphatic system.’
    • ‘This stimulated the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system to reduce intravascular volume via diuresis.’
    • ‘What is this, some sort of muscular chemical which attacks the immune system or stimulates the immune system more than would normally occur in somebody who carries Staphylococcus.’
    • ‘Claims have been made that DHEA increases vitality, prevents cardiovascular disease and cancer, stimulates the immune system and facilitates weight loss.’
    • ‘Garlic stimulates the lymphatic system and helps it to throw off toxins.’
    • ‘Exercising stimulates body systems so that metabolic efficiency is stepped up.’
    • ‘A secondary goal is to assess how well the vaccine stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies and cellular immunity, in this case, focusing on the SARS spike protein.’
    • ‘Adjuvants enhance the immune response by increasing the stability of the vaccine in the body, which then stimulates the immune system for a longer time.’
    • ‘Statin, which last month became available for the first time over-the-counter at the chemist, greatly reduces cholesterol levels and stimulates the body to break down the fat which can contribute to heart failure.’
    • ‘The researchers injected the DNA plasmid, which encodes a gene that stimulates the immune system, directly into the tumor site in mice.’
    • ‘The cause of migraine is not fully understood but involves the balance between the body processes that stimulate the nervous system and those that relax it.’
    • ‘Intrauterine devices work primarily as a foreign body stimulating the immune system into producing an excess of leukocytes and prostaglandins.’
    restorative, tonic, invigorating, bracing, energizing, restoring, reviving, refreshing, vitalizing, revitalizing, vivifying, revivifying
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Encourage or arouse interest or enthusiasm in.
      ‘the reader could not fail to be stimulated by the ideas presented’
      • ‘With the help of various design tools, the visual representation of Vitamins and Health aims to foster potential learning interest and stimulates viewer's attention.’
      • ‘It gets children out of their normal environment and stimulates their interest.’
      • ‘We also hope that these papers will stimulate interest and provoke responses which readers may wish to share.’
      • ‘This enthusiasm stimulates the interest of the reader.’
      • ‘Teachers presented ideas that stimulated their students' interests.’
      • ‘This is a well-crafted, stimulating book of wide interest to all students of early modern culture.’
      • ‘His interest in mathematics was stimulated during his school years in Izmir by a teacher who encouraged him to solve problems in euclidean geometry.’
      • ‘The competition was promoting contemporary music, and that may have been one of the experiences that stimulated my interest in new music.’
      • ‘German restaurants have encouraged the move to drier wines and have stimulated an interest in food and wine matching.’
      • ‘If we do so, our centers of higher education will become rich and stimulating environments for learning and producing knowledge.’
      • ‘The unexpected discovery of this cycle has stimulated much interest in the field as well as in the popular press.’
      • ‘The time he spent in Switzerland in 1824, and his journey along the Rhine in 1825, may also have stimulated his considerable interest in mineralogy.’
      • ‘Parents put significant energy into providing a rich and stimulating environment for their children.’
      • ‘Youngsters must find something to excite their interest and stimulate their thinking.’
      • ‘Curiously enough, Clark's cricket coaching stimulated his interest in Australian history.’
      • ‘Some of the media exposure is good because it stimulates interest in the occult, but even that exposure does not necessarily tell people the truth about the beliefs we hold.’
      • ‘He also defended the idea behind awards, saying, ‘It stimulates interest and that's all an artist is supposed to do.’’
      • ‘Her infectious enthusiasm and personal encouragement stimulated many younger scientists to work in the field.’
      • ‘The fact that the republic side now is in the main made up of Irishmen is down to our efforts stimulating interest in the game and getting kids to play it in Ireland.’
      • ‘He is the director of the Young Astronauts Club which stimulates children's interest in space and which now has 72 chapters around Japan.’
      encourage, act as a fillip to, act as a impetus to, act as a incentive to, act as a spur to, act as a stimulus to, prompt, prod, move, motivate, trigger, spark, spur on, galvanize, activate, kindle, fire, fire with enthusiasm, fuel, whet, nourish
      thought-provoking, interesting, fascinating, inspiring, inspirational, lively, sparkling, entertaining, exhilarating, exciting, stirring, rousing, intriguing, stimulative, giving one food for thought, piquant, refreshing
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2 Encourage development of or increased activity in (a state or process)
      ‘the courses stimulate a passion for learning’
      • ‘The ECB policy of cutting rates was and is designed to stimulate economic growth.’
      • ‘For many species, GA 3 produced by developing seeds stimulates the growth and maturation of that fruit.’
      • ‘A pioneering initiative launched a year ago is stimulating the emergence of a new wave of Asian businesswomen in Bradford.’
      • ‘The next Labour government might even stimulate the process by its plans to take account of any deal's global impact on future competition policy.’
      • ‘Smooth transport also facilitates linkages between farm and off-farm activities and between rural and urban areas and stimulates the development of small and middle-scale businesses.’
      • ‘The phenomenon of helping in cooperative breeding animals has stimulated a great deal of research.’
      • ‘This problem has stimulated interest in electronic methods of organising and accessing information.’
      • ‘The massive savings would slash business rates and stimulate growth.’
      • ‘At these the chamber and the City gave presentations on their plans to stimulate economic development and business growth.’
      • ‘The industry suggests a number of changes, which it said would contribute towards stimulating economic growth and development.’
      • ‘Normally a central bank will lower interest rates to increase liquidity and to stimulate economic activity.’
      • ‘Encouraging entrepreneurialism at this stage, he says, would only help to further stimulate economic growth in the future.’
      • ‘This process was stimulated when Fay came across a letter sent from a relative in Mountmellick to his brother imprisoned in Mountjoy in 1920.’
      • ‘Since games and activities invariably have built-in participation, this stimulates the learning process and people are very responsive to this factor.’
      • ‘At the same time, biotechnology can create high-paying jobs and stimulate economic development.’
      • ‘This meeting would discuss measures to stimulate the process of ratification of the accession treaty.’
      • ‘Moves in interest rates are always stimulated by the cost of housing in the south east.’
      • ‘This award will recognise their leading position in stimulating innovation and new technology to support the development of their business.’
      • ‘Third, the historical experience of many countries does not provide very convincing evidence that a higher interest burden stimulates governments to borrow less.’
      • ‘The drawback, however, in the past has been due to lack of innovative measures to stimulate growth in the local industries.’
      increase, expand, raise, elevate, escalate, augment, add to, improve, strengthen, amplify, enlarge, inflate, push up, promote, advance, develop, further, foster
      View synonyms

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘sting, afflict’): from Latin stimulat- ‘urged, goaded’, from the verb stimulare.

Pronunciation

stimulate

/ˈstɪmjʊleɪt/