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stimulate


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Stimulate  \Stim"u*late\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Stimulated};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Stimulating}.]  [L.  stimulatus  p.  p.  of 
  stimulare  to  prick  or  goad  on  to  incite,  fr  stimulus  a 
  goad.  See  {Stimulus}.] 
  1.  To  excite  as  if  with  a  goad;  to  excite,  rouse,  or  animate, 
  to  action  or  more  vigorous  exertion  by  some  pungent  motive 
  or  by  persuasion;  as  to  stimulate  one  by  the  hope  of 
  reward,  or  by  the  prospect  of  glory. 
 
  To  excite  and  stimulate  us  thereunto.  --Dr.  J. 
  Scott. 
 
  2.  (Physiol.)  To  excite;  to  irritate;  especially,  to  excite 
  the  activity  of  (a  nerve  or  an  irritable  muscle),  as  by 
  electricity. 
 
  Syn:  To  animate;  incite;  encourage;  impel;  urge;  instigate; 
  irritate;  exasperate;  incense. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  stimulate 
  v  1:  act  as  a  stimulant;  "The  book  stimulated  her  imagination" 
  [syn:  {excite}]  [ant:  {stifle}] 
  2:  cause  to  do  cause  to  act  in  a  specified  manner:  "The  ads 
  induced  me  to  buy  a  VCR";  "My  children  finally  got  me  to 
  buy  a  computer";  "My  wife  made  me  buy  a  new  sofa"  [syn:  {induce}, 
  {cause},  {have},  {get},  {make}] 
  3:  as  of  senses  or  emotions;  "These  stories  shook  the 
  community"  [syn:  {shake},  {shake  up},  {excite},  {stir}] 
  4:  cause  to  be  alert  and  energetic;  "Coffee  and  tea  stimulate 
  me"  [syn:  {arouse},  {brace},  {energize},  {energise},  {perk 
  up}]  [ant:  {de-energize},  {sedate}] 
  5:  of  bodily  processes  such  as  fever,  illness,  etc  [syn:  {induce}, 
  {rush},  {hasten}] 
  6:  stir  feelings  in  "stimulate  my  appetite";  "excite  the 
  audience"  [syn:  {excite},  {stir}] 
  7:  provide  the  needed  stimulus  for  [syn:  {provoke}] 




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