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stimulate

verb uk   /ˈstɪm.jʊ.leɪt/ us  
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 film was intended to stimulate and amuse. [+ obj + to infinitive ] Good teachers should ask questions that stimulate students to think. 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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