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Stimulate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    stimulate v
  1. act as a stimulant; "The book stimulated her imagination"; "This play stimulates" [syn: excite] [ant: stifle]
  2. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "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" [syn: induce, cause, have, get, make]
  3. stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country" [syn: shake, shake up, excite, stir]
  4. cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate" [syn: arouse, brace, energize, energise, perk up] [ant: de-energize, de-energize, sedate]
  5. cause to occur rapidly; "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions" [syn: induce, rush, hasten]
  6. stir feelings in; "stimulate my appetite"; "excite the audience"; "stir emotions" [syn: excite, stir]
  7. provide the needed stimulus for [syn: provoke]
Stimulate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Stimulate'


Stimulation is the action of various agents (stimuli) on muscles, nerves, or a sensory end organ, by which activity is evoked; especially, the nervous impulse produced by various agents on nerves, or a sensory end organ, by which the part connected with the nerve is thrown into a state of activity.

The word is also often used metaphorically. For example, an interesting or fun activity can be described as "stimulating", regardless of its physical effects on nerves.

It is also used in simulation technology to describe a synthetically-produced signal that triggers (stimulates) real equipment, see below.

Stimulation in general refers to how organisms perceive incoming stimuli. As such it is part of the stimulus-response mechanism. Simple organisms broadly react in three ways to stimulation: too little stimulation causes them to stagnate, too much to die from stress or inability to adapt, and a medium amount causes them to adapt and grow as they overcome it. Similar categories or effects are noted with psychological stress with people. Thus, stimulation may be described as how external events provoke a response by an individual in the attempt to cope.

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  • Mongolia Eyes Changing Laws to Stimulate Mining Investment
    Mongolia's government said it intends to submit two bills to parliament that could stimulate its mining sector and stoke investment. The first bill would annul a June 2010 law suspending the issue of new exploration licenses, providing opportunities for companies to explore deposits that include coal, copper and gold, according to the government's website, Read more on this news related to 'Stimulate'
  • Injecting cash to stimulate economy would be complex for ECB, Hansson says
    Quantitative easing would be operationally complex for the European Central Bank, policymaker Ardo Hansson said, casting doubt on whether the bank could implement such a plan to ward off the threat of deflation. The ECB governing council said earlier this month it was unanimous in its commitment to use unconventional tools - central bank-speak for things like quan Read more on this news related to 'Stimulate'
  • QE from ECB? May not be the panacea many hope
    Expectations are building that the ECB may consider QE to stimulate the economy, but some say it might not be the panacea investors are hoping for. Read more on this news related to 'Stimulate'

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