Stimulate Stim"u*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stimulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stimulating}.] [L. stimulatus, p. p. of stimulare to prick or goad on, to incite, fr. stimulus a goad. See {Stimulus}.] 1. To excite as if with a goad; to excite, rouse, or animate, to action or more vigorous exertion by some pungent motive or by persuasion; as, to stimulate one by the hope of reward, or by the prospect of glory. [1913 Webster]

To excite and stimulate us thereunto. --Dr. J. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. (Physiol.) To excite; to irritate; especially, to excite the activity of (a nerve or an irritable muscle), as by electricity. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To animate; incite; encourage; impel; urge; instigate; irritate; exasperate; incense. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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