One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his passionate interest in the music stimulated Mozart to study Bach's fugues’
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
inspire, rouse, arouse, excite, animate, quicken, ginger up, pique, electrify
stir up, whip up, instigate, foment, fan, incite, provoke, sting, inflame, goad
North American light a fire under
literary inspirit, spirit someone up
rare incentivize, fillip
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