Definition of stimulate in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈstɪmjʊleɪt


[with object]



Pronunciation: /-ˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Control RT-PCR analyses showed almost equivalent expression of the GAPDH gene in all experimental points, indicating that the expression of iNOS mRNA is specifically induced by these stimulations.
  • She was a reluctant traveler, but, in despair at the prospect of Switzerland's cultural barrenness, she embarked on a ‘miserable gypsy life’ in search of intellectual and conversational stimulations similar to those of Paris.
  • They have probably discovered the excitements, stimulations and frustrations of living in another country and of being part of a multicultural, perhaps even a truly global community.


Pronunciation: /-lətɪv/
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  • Consumer spending has held up remarkably well for more than two years - aided by extremely low interest rates and stimulative fiscal policy.
  • Instead, the Fed pursued its own stimulative policy, pushing interest rates to the lowest level in a generation.
  • The Fed's 2001-02 interest rate cuts are having some stimulative effect, as is the huge swing in the federal budget from surplus to deficit.


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  • He said: ‘This study was comparing patients who were using an exercise bike, which has been shown in earlier trials to be beneficial, and muscle stimulators.’
  • Invented in 1985, modern-day magnetic stimulators charge up to a whopping 3,000 volts and produce peak currents of up to 8,000 amps - powers similar to those of a small nuclear reactor.
  • These were electrical stimulators, about the size of a grain of rice, injected into dormant muscles which then triggered movement when activated by an external control board.


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  • The inflationary decade scared policymakers so much that when financial crisis hit Asia in 1997, the IMF preached austerity rather than stimulatory spending to spur struggling economies.
  • You need to wait for some time to see whether U.S. consumer confidence, which is propping the economy, will be shaken - or gets bolstered by the Federal Reserve's rate cuts and other stimulatory measures.
  • Ireland joined EMU at a time when the economy was already on fire and it then had to endure an exchange rate and an interest rate level that were way too stimulatory for Ireland's unique economic situation.


mid 16th century (in the sense 'sting, afflict'): from Latin stimulat- 'urged, goaded', from the verb stimulare.

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