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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; animate.
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.)