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Definition of the verb stimulate

What does stimulate mean as a doing word?

Stimulate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: stimulated | stimulating | stimulates

  1. act as a stimulant
    • examples: The book stimulated her imagination | This play stimulates
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of stimulate: excite
    • antonym of stimulate: stifle
    • more generic terms: affect / bear on / bear upon / impact / touch / touch on = have an effect upon
    • more specific words:
      • invigorate / quicken = give life or energy to
      • innervate = stimulate to action
      • irritate = excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus
  2. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
  3. stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
  4. cause to be alert and energetic
  5. cause to occur rapidly
  6. stir feelings in
  7. provide the needed stimulus for

Alternative definition of the verb stimulate


  1. To encourage into action.
  2. To arouse an organism to functional activity.

Specialised definition of the verb stimulate

Glossary of sports

to make a person or organ react, respond or function (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


"Stimulate" is a composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stimulate

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Google previewThe Midland Monthly (1897)

by Johnson Brigham

" To stimulate is the first step of development. To elevate is the beginning of culture. To purify the thoughts of men, to place before them truths ...

Google previewThe Midland Monthly Magazine (1897)

" To stimulate is the first step of development. To elevate is the beginning of culture. To purify the thoughts of men, to place before them truths ...

Google previewPocket Medical Dictionary for the Use of Students of Medicine (1891)

Containing Ten Thousand Words, Including All the Essential Terms Used in Medicine and the Allied Sciences by Charles Gatchell

Multiple antidote ; y Stimulate, if necessary.

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

STIMULATE–STING RAY. important stimulants may be added camphor, ginger, horse-radish, the preparations of lavender, of the mints, etc. Also, electricity, galvanism, and magnetic electricity operate on the animal system either as general or ...

Google previewFoods & Nutrition Encyclopedia, Two Volume Set (1993)

by Marion Eugene Ensminger, Audrey H. Ensminger

Stresses such as anxiety, physical injury, surgery and hemorrhage all stimulate the release of aldosterone. (mineralocorticoid) Epinephrine Adrenal gland ( medulla) Both hormones alter heart output; dilate or constrict blood vessels; elevate ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, The Olympic Textbook of Medicine in Sport (2009)

by Martin P. Schwellnus

These drugs stimulate ovarian follicle growth and are used as fertility drugs in women. Follitropin alfa used in combination with HCG increases low sperm counts in males.

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Business (2009)

by W. Davis Folsom, Rick Boulware

sales promotion A sales promotion is a marketing effort other than ADVER- TISING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, and PERSONAL SELLING designed to stimulate consumer ...

Google previewThe writer's and student's assistant: or, A compendious dictionary, rendering the more common words and phrases in the English language into the more elegant or scholastic (1835)

by John Henry Brady

To Cheer — animate, enliven, exhilarate, inspirit, encourage, comfort, revive ; incite, excite, stimulate. Cheerful.

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Usage statistics about stimulate

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb stimulate:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb stimulate and its most common antonym:


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Quotes about Stimulate

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour. (William James)
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Scrabble value of S1T1I1M3U1L1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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