stimulate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlestimulating
past tensestimulated
past participlestimulated
  1. 1
    to encourage something to happen, develop, or improve

    The government should do more to stimulate investment in the north.

    new measures to stimulate the economy

  2. 2
    science to make plants, cells, or a part of someone’s body grow or become more active

    drugs to stimulate the production of hormones

    Cut the foliage back hard to stimulate new growth.

derived word



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noun [uncountable]

I like the stimulation of being required to use my imagination.