Borrowed from Latin stimulātus, perfect passive participle of stimulō (“goad on”), from Latin stimulus (“goad”).
stimulate (third-person singular simple present stimulates, present participle stimulating, simple past and past participle stimulated)
- 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.
- To arouse an organism to functional activity.
- stimulate my mind
- He was sexually stimulated by the dancer's moves.
- (encourage): encourage, induce, incite, provoke; see also Thesaurus:incite
- (arouse): animate, arouse, energize, energise, excite, perk up; see also Thesaurus:enliven
- (arouse): de-energize, sedate, stifle
to encourage into action
to arouse an organism to functional activity
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- present adverbial passive participle of stimuli