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v. stim·u·lat·ed, stim·u·lat·ing, stim·u·lates
1. To rouse to action or increased activity; excite: a policy that stimulated people to protest; incentives to stimulate consumer spending. See Synonyms at provoke.
2. To increase temporarily the activity of (a body organ or system, for example).
3. To cause to be interested or engaged: Animals in zoos need to be stimulated to remain healthy.
4. To cause to desire to have sex; arouse sexually.
5. To excite or invigorate (a person, for example) with a stimulant.
To act or serve as a stimulant or stimulus.

[Latin stimulāre, stimulāt-, to goad on, from stimulus, goad.]

stim′u·lat′er, stim′u·la′tor n.
stim′u·lat′ing·ly adv.
stim′u·la′tion n.
stim′u·la′tive, stim′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.stimulative - capable of arousing or accelerating physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent
stimulating - rousing or quickening activity or the senses; "a stimulating discussion"
depressant - capable of depressing physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent


[ˈstɪmjʊlətɪv] ADJ [effect] → estimulador; [measure, policy] → alentador


adjanregend, belebend; (esp Physiol) → stimulierend; to have a stimulative effect on the economykonjunkturbelebend wirken
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Gratifying, however, and stimulative as was the letter in the material part, its sentiments, she yet found, when it was folded up and returned to Mrs.
By degrees the girls came to spend the chief of the morning upstairs, at first only in working and talking, but after a few days, the remembrance of the said books grew so potent and stimulative that Fanny found it impossible not to try for books again.
So far as the evidence to hand can be trusted, this stimulative stage, which varies much in races and in individuals, is succeeded by a certain exaltation and mental lucidity--I seem to discern some signs of it in our young friend here--which, after an appreciable interval, turns to coma, deepening rapidly into death.
Mrs Varden quite amiably and meekly walked upstairs, followed by Miggs, who, although a good deal subdued, could not refrain from sundry stimulative coughs and sniffs by the way, or from holding up her hands in astonishment at the daring conduct of master.
The bank said, 'The stimulative effects of previous monetary policy actions are working their way through the Canadian economy.
Our concern is that if growth does not return to China, if monetary policy does not become more stimulative, many of these emerging markets could see their currencies continue to weaken against pound sterling, the dollar, and even potentially the euro.
That way, less money would be siphoned off by the federal government and the stimulative effect on the economy would be amplified.
monetary policy is too stimulative also dropped, from 39 percent in August to 36 percent in the most recent survey, which was conducted Feb.
Federal Reserve's path toward rate hikes and stimulative monetary policies in the euro zone and Japan has helped the dollar index hit an eight-year high this year, and is likely to remain a key theme in 2015.
Federal Reserve's path toward rises in interest rates next year and stimulative monetary policies in the euro zone and Japan drove the dollar index to a more than 8-1/2-year high on Tuesday.
The second quarter stagnation in eurozone GDP clearly added to the pressure on the ECB to take further stimulative action sooner rather than later to try and dilute the risk of extended low consumer price inflation morphing into deflation," said economist Howard Archer at IHS Global Insight.