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English verb: stimulate

1. stimulate (change) act as a stimulant

SamplesThe book stimulated her imagination.
This play stimulates.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on

Narrower (hyponym)innervate, invigorate, irritate, quicken

Antonymsdampen, stifle

2. stimulate (communication) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

SamplesThe ads induced me to buy a VCR.
My children finally got me to buy a computer.
My wife made me buy a new sofa.

ExamplesThey stimulate him to write the letter

Synonymscause, get, have, induce, make

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s somebody INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)bring, compel, decide, encourage, inspire, instigate, lead, let, obligate, oblige, persuade, prompt, solicit, suborn

3. stimulate (emotion) stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

SamplesThese stories shook the community.
The civil war shook the country.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to stimulate Sue

Synonymsexcite, shake, shake up, stir

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
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Something ----s somebody.
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Broader (hypernym)arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise

Narrower (hyponym)affright, animate, arouse, elate, enliven, exalt, excite, fright, frighten, fuel, inspire, intoxicate, invigorate, invite, lift up, pick up, scare, sex, tempt, thrill, tickle, titillate, turn on, uplift, vibrate, wind up

4. stimulate (body) cause to be alert and energetic

SamplesCoffee and tea stimulate me.
This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate.

Synonymsarouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
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Something ----s somebody.
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Broader (hypernym)affect

Narrower (hyponym)animate, animate, cathect, enliven, invigorate, invigorate, liven, liven up, quicken, reanimate, recreate, reinvigorate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify, vivify

Antonymsde-energise, de-energize, sedate, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize, calm

5. stimulate (creation) cause to occur rapidly

SamplesThe infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions.

Synonymshasten, induce, rush

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)effect, effectuate, set up

6. stimulate (perception) stir feelings in

SamplesStimulate my appetite.
Excite the audience.
Stir emotions.

Synonymsexcite, stir

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)sensitise, sensitize

Narrower (hyponym)blow, disgust, fellate, fuck off, go down on, gross out, horripilate, jack off, jerk off, masturbate, masturbate, quicken, repel, revolt, she-bop, suck, thrill, wank, whet, work

7. stimulate (communication) provide the needed stimulus for


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)challenge

Narrower (hyponym)agitate, entice, foment, incite, instigate, jog, lure, rejuvenate, set off, stir up, stir up, tempt

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