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
  1. verb
    cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
    synonyms: cause, get, have, induce, make
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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
    walk
    make walk
    coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
    cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
    clamor, clamour
    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
  2. verb
    cause to occur rapidly
    synonyms: hasten, induce, rush
  3. verb
    cause to be alert and energetic
    “Coffee and tea stimulate me”
    “This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate
    synonyms: arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up
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    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
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    affect
    act physically on; have an effect upon
  4. verb
    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 (e.g., 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
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    challenge
    issue a challenge to
  5. verb
    act as a stimulant
    “The book stimulated her imagination”
    “This play stimulates
    synonyms: excite
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    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
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    affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
    have an effect upon
  6. verb
    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
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  7. verb
    stir feelings in
    stimulate my appetite”
    synonyms: excite, stir
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    horripilate
    cause (someone's) hair to stand on end and to have goosebumps
    work
    provoke or excite
    thrill
    cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input
    quicken, whet
    make keen or more acute
    disgust, gross out, repel, revolt
    fill with distaste
    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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