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UK [ˈstɪmjʊleɪt] / US [ˈstɪmjəˌleɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "stimulate":
present tense I/you/we/they stimulate he/she/it stimulates present participle stimulating past tense stimulated past participle stimulated
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) 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.

3) to make someone feel interested in learning new things

Such questions provide a useful means of stimulating students' interest.


Derived word:
stimulation
UK [ˌstɪmjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌstɪmjəˈleɪʃ(ə)n] noun uncountable

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


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