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stimulate

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Definition to encourage growth, interest or excitement, or to cause something to happen
  • At the beginning of her lectures, she typically starts with a question to try to stimulate curiosity.
stimulate = encourage (something to happen)
  • I had been helping her with electrical stimulation, adjusting her, and administering other chiropractic techniques.
    Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin  --  I Am a Seal Team Six Warrior
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I have been giving him small doses to stimulate it, but they no longer have any effect.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • The idea was revolutionary, an embedded biological-electronic interface that could perfectly simulate sensory stimulation.
    Matthew Mather  --  Cyberstorm
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Now it seemed that what she had thought was maturity, serenity and compassion was only the tranquillity that follows a joyful stimulation.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The hope was that these programs would be provocative, stimulating, and helpful to listeners.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Ruth swaddled her mother in towels, rubbing her to stimulate her circulation.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • Nothing since was as stimulating as the old days of letters, petitions, meetings, debates, recruitment, quarrels, rescue and downright sedition.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • It stimulated my libido and I told myself that it was educational because it informed me of the difficulties in the secret world of the pervert.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • She had pulmonary phthisis, and people like that are frequently highly stimulated.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • It was as if she had drunk a great draught of scorn that stimulated her beyond the susceptibility to other feelings.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Apparently the change is stimulated by an environment in which all the animals are of the same sex.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • "Or maybe it's because I'm stimulated by the idea of wearing shoes that will make my arches scream for the next couple hours."
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Men and women must have their adrenals stimulated from time to time.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • There was too much reason to think that he and Eustacia both were for ever beyond the reach of stimulating perfumes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Her absence had provoked the most stimulating week of teaching I had ever enjoyed.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • School stimulated and developed in him those impulses which all of us have, and then he was made to realize that he could not act upon them.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • 'Hola, Pig!' cried Rigaud, with a noisy stimulating cry, as if Cavalletto were an Italian horse or mule.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • At the same time it may provide enough nicotine for taste and sensory stimulation.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Max lockdown was torturous in its monotony and lack of stimulation; the hours and the days crawled by.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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