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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin stimulātus, perfect passive participle of stimulō (goad on), from Latin stimulus (goad).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈstɪm.jʊ.leɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈstɪm.jəˌleɪt/
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Verb edit

stimulate (third-person singular simple present stimulates, present participle stimulating, simple past and past participle stimulated)

  1. To encourage into action.
    stimulate the economy
    • 1838 (date written), L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter II, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. [], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, [], published 1842, →OCLC, page 18:
      To most others Lord Allerton's obvious preference for Mary would have been an insuperable obstacle; it only served to stimulate her ladyship.
  2. To arouse an organism to functional activity.
    stimulate my mind
    He was sexually stimulated by the dancer's moves.

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  1. present adverbial passive participle of stimuli

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  1. second-person plural present active imperative of stimulō