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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of stimulare, from stimulus; STIMULUS

stimulate

verb
     
stim‧u‧late [transitive]
1 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
2 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.
3HB to make a plant or part of the body become active or stronger:
Light stimulates plant growth.
stimulative adjective
stimulation noun [uncountable]
Children need variety and stimulation.
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