Definition of stimulate in US 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dry body-brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, so it will transport toxins out of the body more effectively.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Exercising stimulates body systems so that metabolic efficiency is stepped up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, tests reveal that spuds release sugar quickly into the system, which stimulates the body to secrete a hormone called insulin.’
    • ‘Claims have been made that DHEA increases vitality, prevents cardiovascular disease and cancer, stimulates the immune system and facilitates weight loss.’
    • ‘Together, all of these treatments are supposed to cleanse your body and stimulate your immune system.’
    • ‘Intrauterine devices work primarily as a foreign body stimulating the immune system into producing an excess of leukocytes and prostaglandins.’
    • ‘Garlic stimulates the lymphatic system and helps it to throw off toxins.’
    • ‘That sympathomimetic drug, which stimulates the nervous system, increases metabolism and burns fat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Skin brushing could be done just before bathing or showering to stimulate the lymphatic system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is accomplished by electrically stimulating the nervous system.’
    • ‘The researchers injected the DNA plasmid, which encodes a gene that stimulates the immune system, directly into the tumor site in mice.’
    • ‘In this case, the autonomic system is stimulated because the woman is not producing enough of the female sex hormone, oestrogen.’
    • ‘This stimulated the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system to reduce intravascular volume via diuresis.’
    • ‘Clot formation stimulates the fibrinolytic system, which begins the process of dot dissolution.’
    restorative, tonic, invigorating, bracing, energizing, restoring, reviving, refreshing, vitalizing, revitalizing, vivifying, revivifying
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    1. 1.1 Encourage interest or activity in (a person or animal)
      ‘the reader could not fail to be stimulated by the ideas presented’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His interest in mathematics was stimulated during his school years in Izmir by a teacher who encouraged him to solve problems in euclidean geometry.’
      • ‘Parents put significant energy into providing a rich and stimulating environment for their children.’
      • ‘It gets children out of their normal environment and stimulates their interest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Teachers presented ideas that stimulated their students' interests.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This enthusiasm stimulates the interest of the reader.’
      • ‘We also hope that these papers will stimulate interest and provoke responses which readers may wish to share.’
      • ‘The competition was promoting contemporary music, and that may have been one of the experiences that stimulated my interest in new music.’
      • ‘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 is the director of the Young Astronauts Club which stimulates children's interest in space and which now has 72 chapters around Japan.’
      • ‘Her infectious enthusiasm and personal encouragement stimulated many younger scientists to work in the field.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Curiously enough, Clark's cricket coaching stimulated his interest in Australian history.’
      • ‘This is a well-crafted, stimulating book of wide interest to all students of early modern culture.’
      • ‘German restaurants have encouraged the move to drier wines and have stimulated an interest in food and wine matching.’
      • ‘Youngsters must find something to excite their interest and stimulate their thinking.’
      • ‘He also defended the idea behind awards, saying, ‘It stimulates interest and that's all an artist is supposed to do.’’
      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
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    2. 1.2 Encourage development of or increased activity in (a state or process)
      ‘the courses stimulate a passion for learning’
      ‘tax changes designed to stimulate economic growth’
      • ‘This problem has stimulated interest in electronic methods of organising and accessing information.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the same time, biotechnology can create high-paying jobs and stimulate economic development.’
      • ‘This process was stimulated when Fay came across a letter sent from a relative in Mountmellick to his brother imprisoned in Mountjoy in 1920.’
      • ‘The ECB policy of cutting rates was and is designed to stimulate economic growth.’
      • ‘Encouraging entrepreneurialism at this stage, he says, would only help to further stimulate economic growth in the future.’
      • ‘The drawback, however, in the past has been due to lack of innovative measures to stimulate growth in the local industries.’
      • ‘The phenomenon of helping in cooperative breeding animals has stimulated a great deal of research.’
      • ‘Normally a central bank will lower interest rates to increase liquidity and to stimulate economic activity.’
      • ‘A pioneering initiative launched a year ago is stimulating the emergence of a new wave of Asian businesswomen in Bradford.’
      • ‘The massive savings would slash business rates and stimulate growth.’
      • ‘Since games and activities invariably have built-in participation, this stimulates the learning process and people are very responsive to this factor.’
      • ‘For many species, GA 3 produced by developing seeds stimulates the growth and maturation of that fruit.’
      • ‘The industry suggests a number of changes, which it said would contribute towards stimulating economic growth and development.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This award will recognise their leading position in stimulating innovation and new technology to support the development of their business.’
      • ‘At these the chamber and the City gave presentations on their plans to stimulate economic development and business growth.’
      • ‘This meeting would discuss measures to stimulate the process of ratification of the accession treaty.’
      • ‘Third, the historical experience of many countries does not provide very convincing evidence that a higher interest burden stimulates governments to borrow less.’
      • ‘Moves in interest rates are always stimulated by the cost of housing in the south east.’
      increase, expand, raise, elevate, escalate, augment, add to, improve, strengthen, amplify, enlarge, inflate, push up, promote, advance, develop, further, foster
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

stimulate

/ˈstimyəˌlāt//ˈstɪmjəˌleɪt/