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verb [transitive] stimulate pronunciation in American English /ˈstɪmjəˌleɪt/
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present tense
present participlestimulating
past tensestimulated
past participlestimulated
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  1. 1
    to encourage something to happen, develop, or improve
    The government should do more to stimulate investment in the rural areas of the state.
    new measures to stimulate the economy
  2. 2
    to make someone feel interested in learning new things
    Such questions provide a useful means of stimulating students’ interest.
  3. 3
    science to make plants, cells, or a part of someones body grow or become more active
    drugs to stimulate the production of hormones
    Cut the foliage back hard to stimulate new growth.

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 stimulate pronunciation in American English /ˌstɪmjəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]
I like the stimulation of being required to use my imagination.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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