stimulus Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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stimulusnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈstɪm.jʊ.ləs/ (plural stimuli /ˈstɪm.jʊ.laɪ/ )
C2 something that ​causesgrowth or ​activity: Foreign ​investment has been a stimulus to the ​industry. The ​book will ​provide a stimulus toresearch in this very ​importantarea. specialized biology something that ​causespart of the ​body to ​react: The ​tip of the ​tongue is ​sensitive to ​salt and ​sweet stimuli and the back of the ​tongue is ​sensitive to ​bitter stimuli.
(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 ​causesgrowth, ​activity, or ​reaction: [C] Scientists are ​studying the cell’s ​response to stimuli. [U] The ​aidpackage 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   us   /ˈstɪmjələs/ (plural stimuli /ˈstɪmjəlaɪ/ ) ECONOMICS
something that encourages ​growth or causes ​activity: a stimulus to sth We would ​support a further ​cut in ​interestrates as a stimulus to ​economicgrowth.a stimulus for sth Tax ​cuts are the classic stimulus for a ​sluggisheconomy.
(Definition of stimulus from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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