Meaning of “stimulus” in the English Dictionary

"stimulus" in English

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stimulusnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈstɪm.jə.ləs/ us /ˈstɪm.jə.ləs/ plural stimuli /ˈstɪm.jʊ.laɪ/

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

"stimulus" in American English

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stimulusnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈstɪm·jə·ləs/ plural stimuli /ˈstɪm·jəˌlɑɪ, -ˌli/

something that causes growth, activity, or reaction:

[ C ] Scientists are studying the cell’s response to stimuli.
[ U ] The aid package would provide very little fiscal stimulus.

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

"stimulus" in Business English

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stimulusnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈstɪmjələs/ us plural stimuli /ˈstɪmjəlaɪ/ ECONOMICS

something that encourages growth or causes activity:

a stimulus to sth We would support a further cut in interest rates as a stimulus to economic growth.
a stimulus for sth Tax cuts are the classic stimulus for a sluggish economy.

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