|Origin:||, past participle of stimulare, from stimulus; STIMULUS|
to encourage or help an activity to begin or develop further
stimulate growth/demand/the economy etc
the President's plan to stimulate economic growth
to encourage someone by making them excited about and interested in something:
Her interest in art was stimulated by her father.
stimulate somebody to do something
An inspiring teacher can stimulate students to succeed.
to make a plant or part of the body become active or stronger:
Light stimulates plant growth.
—stimulation noun [uncountable]
Children need variety and stimulation.