Stimulate Definition

Define what is Stimulate?

1. stimulate, excite (verb)

act as a stimulant.

  • The book stimulated her imagination.
  • This play stimulates.
Synonyms: excite
Antonyms: dampen, stifle (verb)

smother or suppress.


affect, bear upon, bear on, impact, touch on, touch verb
have an effect upon.


invigorate, quicken verb
give life or energy to.

innervate verb
stimulate to action.

irritate verb
excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus.

2. cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have (verb)

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

  • The ads induced me to buy a VCR.
  • My children finally got me to buy a computer.
  • My wife made me buy a new sofa.
Synonyms: cause, induce, make, get, have

decide verb
cause to decide.

persuade verb
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm.

bring verb
induce or persuade.

solicit verb
incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination.

encourage verb
spur on.

LET verb
actively cause something to happen.

lead verb
cause to undertake a certain action.

instigate, prompt, inspire verb
serve as the inciting cause of.

suborn verb
induce to commit perjury or give false testimony.

compel, obligate, oblige verb
force somebody to do something.

3. stimulate, shake up, stir, excite, shake (verb)

stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of.

  • These stories shook the community.
  • the civil war shook the country.
Synonyms: shake up, stir, excite, shake

arouse, elicit, evoke, provoke, enkindle, kindle, fire, raise verb
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses).


fuel verb

sex, wind up, excite, turn on, arouse verb
stimulate sexually.

affright, fright, frighten, scare verb
cause fear in.

thrill, tickle, vibrate verb
feel sudden intense sensation or emotion.

invite, tempt verb
give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting.

elate, intoxicate, uplift, lift up, pick up verb
fill with high spirits; fill with optimism.

animate, enliven, inspire, invigorate, exalt verb
heighten or intensify.

titillate verb
excite pleasurably or erotically.

4. energize, energise, perk up, arouse, brace, stimulate (verb)

cause to be alert and energetic.

  • Coffee and tea stimulate me.
  • This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate.
Antonyms: sedate, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize, calm (verb)

cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to.


affect verb
act physically on; have an effect upon.


cathect verb
inject with libidinal energy.

reanimate, recreate, revivify, vivify, revive, renovate, animate, quicken, repair verb
give new life or energy to.

reinvigorate, invigorate verb
impart vigor, strength, or vitality to.

liven, liven up, enliven, animate, invigorate verb
make lively.

5. induce, hasten, stimulate, Rush (verb)

cause to occur rapidly.

  • the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions.
Synonyms: induce, hasten, Rush

effect, effectuate, set up verb

6. excite, stir, stimulate (verb)

stir feelings in.

  • stimulate my appetite.
  • excite the audience.
  • stir emotions.
Synonyms: excite, stir

sensitise, sensitize verb
cause to sense; make sensitive.


jack off, jerk off, she-bop, wank, masturbate, fuck off verb
get sexual gratification through self-stimulation.

masturbate verb
stimulate sexually.

horripilate verb
cause (someone's) hair to stand on end and to have goosebumps.

work verb
provoke or excite.

fellate, go down on, suck, blow verb
provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation.

thrill verb
cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input.

whet, quicken verb
make keen or more acute.

disgust, gross out, revolt, repel verb
fill with distaste.

7. provoke, stimulate (verb)

provide the needed stimulus for.

    Synonyms: provoke

    challenge verb
    issue a challenge to.


    entice, lure, tempt verb
    provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion.

    rejuvenate verb
    cause (a stream or river) to erode, as by an uplift of the land.

    jog verb
    stimulate to remember.

    instigate, incite, stir up, set off verb
    provoke or stir up.

    agitate, foment, stir up verb
    try to stir up public opinion.

    Nearby Terms

    stimulated (adjective satellite)
    emotionally aroused

    stimulating (adjective)
    rousing or quickening activity or the senses

    stimulation (noun)
    the act of arousing an organism to action

    stimulative (adjective)
    capable of arousing or accelerating physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent

    stimulus (noun)
    any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action

    stimulus generalisation (noun)
    (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus

    stimulus generalization (noun)
    (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus

    sting (noun)
    a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung

    sting operation (noun)
    a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)

    stingaree-bush (noun)
    spiny evergreen xerophytic shrub having showy rose and purple flowers and forming dense thickets; of dry rocky mountain slopes of California

    Stinger (noun)
    a cocktail made of made of creme de menthe and brandy

    stingily (adverb)
    in a stingy manner

    stinginess (noun)
    a lack of generosity; a general unwillingness to part with money

    stinging (noun)
    a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung

    stinging hair (noun)
    a multicellular hair in plants like the stinging nettle that expels an irritating fluid