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stim•u•late



Pronunciation: (stim'yu-lāt"), [key]
v., -lat•ed, -lat•ing.


v.t.
1. to rouse to action or effort, as by encouragement or pressure; spur on; incite: to stimulate his interest in mathematics.
2. Physiol., Med.to excite (a nerve, gland, etc.) to its functional activity.
3. to invigorate (a person) by a food or beverage containing a stimulant, as coffee, tea, or alcoholic liquor.

v.i.
to act as a stimulus or stimulant.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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