stimulate

If the economy is starting to stall, the president can't just sit there. He has to stimulate—turn it on, bring it to life, perk it up. You can stimulate practically anything: a person, a conversation, a mind, or even the growth of a plant.

Stimulate is often used to describe a physical or sexual sensation, but don't get bogged down in that kind of thinking. Often, a government will try to stimulate economic activity by creating a stimulus package. Or, say, for example, that I'm trying to sell my new song CD. In order to stimulate interest, I need to send out a sample song to all my friends. Unless, of course, my songs are no good.

DEFINITIONS OF: stimulate

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v cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

Synonyms:
cause, get, have, induce, make
Types:
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decide
cause to decide
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
bring
induce or persuade
solicit
incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination
encourage
spur on
let
actively cause something to happen
lead
cause to undertake a certain action
inspire, instigate, prompt
serve as the inciting cause of
suborn
induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
compel, obligate, oblige
force somebody to do something
force, thrust
impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
hustle
pressure or urge someone into an action
bring around, bring round
cause to adopt an opinion or course of action
badger
persuade through constant efforts
sell
persuade somebody to accept something
chat up
talk to someone with the aim of persuading him
talk into
persuade somebody to do something
rope in
draw in as if with a rope; lure
blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
convert, convince, win over
make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something
brainwash
persuade completely, often through coercion
give
guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
assure
assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
charm, influence, tempt
induce into action by using one's charm
prevail
use persuasion successfully
drag
persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting
tempt
try presumptuously
make, score, seduce
induce to have sex
walk
make walk
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
clamor
compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring
condemn
compel or force into a particular state or activity
shame
compel through a sense of shame
apply, enforce, implement
ensure observance of laws and rules
enforce, impose
compel to behave in a certain way

v cause to occur rapidly

Synonyms:
hasten, induce, rush
Type of:
effect, effectuate, set up
produce

v cause to be alert and energetic

“Coffee and tea stimulate me”
“This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate
Synonyms:
arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up
Antonyms:
calm, sedate, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to
de-energise, de-energize
deprive of energy
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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
ginger up, jazz up, juice up, pep up
make more interesting or lively
inspirit, spirit, spirit up
infuse with spirit
Type of:
affect
act physically on; have an effect upon

v provide the needed stimulus for

Synonyms:
provoke
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entice, lure, tempt
provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
rejuvenate
cause (a stream or river) to erode, as by an uplift of the land
jog
stimulate to remember
incite, instigate, set off, stir up
provoke or stir up
agitate, foment, stir up
try to stir up public opinion
hook, snare
entice and trap
seduce
lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct
call
lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
stool
lure with a stool, as of wild fowl
lead on
entice or induce especially when unwise or mistaken
tweedle
entice through the use of music
raise
activate or stir up
decoy
lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy
bait
lure, entice, or entrap with bait
rumpus
cause a disturbance
Type of:
challenge
issue a challenge to

v act as a stimulant

“The book stimulated her imagination”
“This play stimulates
Synonyms:
excite
Antonyms:
dampen, stifle
smother or suppress
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invigorate, quicken
give life or energy to
innervate
stimulate to action
irritate
excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus
pinch, vellicate
irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear
Type of:
affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
have an effect upon

v stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

Synonyms:
excite, shake, shake up, stir
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fuel
stimulate
arouse, excite, sex, turn on, wind up
stimulate sexually
affright, fright, frighten, scare
cause fear in
thrill, tickle, vibrate
feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
invite, tempt
give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
animate, enliven, exalt, inspire, invigorate
heighten or intensify
titillate
excite pleasurably or erotically
bluff
frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
awe
inspire awe in
terrify, terrorise, terrorize
fill with terror; frighten greatly
intimidate
make timid or fearful
alarm, appal, appall, dismay, horrify
fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
consternate
fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion
tempt
try to seduce
beatify
make blessedly happy
puff
make proud or conceited
beatify, exalt, exhilarate, inebriate, thrill, tickle pink
fill with sublime emotion
encourage
inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
spook
frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action
Type of:
arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

v stir feelings in

stimulate my appetite”
Synonyms:
excite, stir
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fuck off, jack off, jerk off, masturbate, she-bop, wank
get sexual gratification through self-stimulation
masturbate
stimulate sexually
horripilate
cause (someone's) hair to stand on end and to have goosebumps
work
provoke or excite
blow, fellate, go down on, suck
provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation
thrill
cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input
quicken, whet
make keen or more acute
disgust, gross out, repel, revolt
fill with distaste
scarf
masturbate while strangling oneself
nauseate, sicken, turn one's stomach
upset and make nauseated
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sensitise, sensitize
cause to sense; make sensitive
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