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stimulate

stim·u·late

stimulate

 
 
pronunciation:
stIm y leIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: stimulated, stimulates, stimulating
definition: to incite or rouse to activity, action, or increased action.
The speech stimulated the crowd.This medicine stimulates the heart.The professor asked questions to stimulate discussion.None of the books stimulated my interest.
synonyms:
arouse, excite, incite
antonyms:
depress, discourage
similar words:
activate, actuate, animate, brace, challenge, egg, encourage, foment, goad, induce, initiate, inspire, instigate, kindle, pique, prod, prompt, provoke, quicken, rouse, spark, spur, stir, thrill, wake, work
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to act as a stimulant or stimulus.
We need a speaker for our cause who can stimulate.
similar words:
arouse, spur
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derivations: stimulating (adj.), stimulative (adj.), stimulatory (adj.), stimulatingly (adv.), stimulation (n.), stimulative (n.), stimulator (stimulater) (n.)