Meaning of “stimulate” in the English Dictionary

"stimulate" in British English

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stimulateverb

uk /ˈstɪm.jə.leɪt/ us /ˈstɪm.jə.leɪt/

B2 [ T ] to encourage something to grow, develop, or become active:

The government plans to cut taxes in order to stimulate the economy.

B2 [ I or T ] to make someone excited and interested about something:

The show was intended to stimulate and amuse.
Erotic images are often more sexually stimulating to men than to women.

[ T ] specialized biology to cause part of the body to operate:

The drugs stimulate the damaged tissue into repairing itself.
Standing on your head is supposed to stimulate hair growth.

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(Definition of “stimulate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stimulate" in American English

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stimulateverb [ T ]

us /ˈstɪm·jəˌleɪt/

to encourage something to grow, develop, or become active:

Tax cuts will stimulate the economy.
Read books to stimulate your child’s imagination.
Some vegetables stimulate cells to manufacture a cancer-fighting enzyme.
stimulation
noun [ U ] us /ˌstɪm·jəˈleɪ·ʃən/

I need the intellectual stimulation of work.

(Definition of “stimulate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"stimulate" in Business English

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stimulateverb

uk /ˈstɪmjəleɪt/ us

[ T ] ECONOMICS to encourage something to grow, develop, or become active:

The government plans to cut taxes in order to stimulate the economy.
stimulate growth/investment/trade Liberalization should stimulate growth.
stimulate demand/sales/interest We hope the discounts will help stimulate sales.

[ I or T ] to make someone excited and interested about something:

I need to find a job that will stimulate me more.
stimulation
noun [ U ]

(Definition of “stimulate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)