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STIMULATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stimulate mean? 

STIMULATE (verb)
  The verb STIMULATE has 7 senses:

1. act as a stimulant
2. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
3. stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
4. cause to be alert and energetic
5. cause to occur rapidly
6. stir feelings in
7. provide the needed stimulus for

  Familiarity information: STIMULATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


STIMULATE (verb)


Sense 1stimulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act as a stimulant

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

stimulate; excite

Context examples:

The book stimulated her imagination / This play stimulates

Hypernyms (to "stimulate" is one way to...):

affect; bear on; bear upon; impact; touch; touch on (have an effect upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stimulate"):

irritate (excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus)

innervate (stimulate to action)

invigorate; quicken (give life or energy to)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Antonym:

stifle (smother or suppress)


Sense 2stimulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

cause; induce; stimulate; make; get; have

Context examples:

The ads induced me to buy a VCR / My children finally got me to buy a computer / My wife made me buy a new sofa

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stimulate"):

compel; obligate; oblige (force or compel somebody to do something)

suborn (induce to commit perjury or give false testimony)

inspire; instigate; prompt (serve as the inciting cause of)

lead (cause to undertake a certain action)

let (actively cause something to happen)

encourage (spur on)

solicit (incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination)

bring (induce or persuade)

persuade (cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm)

decide (cause to decide)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s somebody INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They stimulate him to write the letter


Sense 3stimulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

stimulate; stir; shake up; shake; excite

Context examples:

These stories shook the community / the civil war shook the country

Hypernyms (to "stimulate" is one way to...):

arouse; elicit; enkindle; evoke; fire; kindle; provoke; raise (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stimulate"):

titillate (excite pleasurably or erotically)

animate; enliven; exalt; inspire; invigorate (heighten or intensify)

elate; intoxicate; lift up; pick up; uplift (fill with high spirits; fill with optimism)

invite; tempt (give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting)

thrill; tickle; vibrate (feel sudden intense sensation or emotion)

affright; fright; frighten; scare (cause fear in)

arouse; excite; sex; turn on; wind up (stimulate sexually)

fuel (stimulate)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to stimulate Sue


Sense 4stimulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be alert and energetic

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

energize; energise; perk up; arouse; brace; stimulate

Context examples:

Coffee and tea stimulate me / This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate

Hypernyms (to "stimulate" is one way to...):

affect (act physically on; have an effect upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stimulate"):

cathect (inject with libidinal energy)

animate; quicken; reanimate; recreate; renovate; repair; revive; revivify; vivify (give new life or energy to)

invigorate; reinvigorate (impart vigor, strength, or vitality to)

animate; enliven; invigorate; liven; liven up (make lively)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Antonym:

sedate (cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to)


Sense 5stimulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to occur rapidly

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

induce; hasten; stimulate; rush

Context example:

the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions

Hypernyms (to "stimulate" is one way to...):

effect; effectuate; set up (produce)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 6stimulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stir feelings in

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

stir; excite; stimulate

Context examples:

stimulate my appetite / excite the audience / stir emotions

Hypernyms (to "stimulate" is one way to...):

sensitise; sensitize (cause to sense; make sensitive)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stimulate"):

quicken; whet (make keen or more acute)

thrill (cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input)

blow; fellate; go down on (provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation)

work (provoke or excite)

horripilate (cause (someone's) hair to stand on end and to have goosebumps)

masturbate (stimulate sexually)

fuck off; jack off; jerk off; masturbate; she-bop; wank (get sexual gratification through self-stimulation)

disgust; gross out; repel; revolt (fill with distaste)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 7stimulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide the needed stimulus for

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

provoke; stimulate

Hypernyms (to "stimulate" is one way to...):

challenge (issue a challenge to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stimulate"):

agitate; foment; stir up (try to stir up public opinion)

incite; instigate; set off; stir up (provoke or stir up)

jog (stimulate to remember)

rejuvenate (cause (a stream or river) to erode, as by an uplift of the land)

entice; lure; tempt (provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


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