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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: stimulate /ˈstɪmjəˌleɪt/ 
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he/she/itstimulates
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 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 someone's 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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stimulation

 American English pronunciation: stimulation /ˌstɪmjəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [uncountable]

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

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