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stimulateverb [T]

 us   /ˈstɪm·jəˌleɪt/
to ​encourage something to ​grow, ​develop, or ​becomeactive: 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.
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stimulateverb

uk   /ˈstɪm.jə.leɪt/  us   /ˈstɪm.jə.leɪt/
B2 [T] to ​encourage something to ​grow, ​develop, or ​becomeactive: The ​governmentplans to ​cuttaxes 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. [+ obj + to infinitive ] Good ​teachers should ​askquestions that stimulate ​students tothink. Erotic ​images are often more ​sexually stimulating to men than to women.
[T] specialized biology to ​causepart of the ​body to ​operate: The ​drugs stimulate the ​damagedtissue intorepairing itself. Standing on ​yourhead is ​supposed to stimulate ​hairgrowth.

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stimulateverb

uk   us   /ˈstɪmjəleɪt/
[T] ECONOMICS to encourage something to ​grow, ​develop, or become ​active: The ​governmentplans to ​cuttaxes 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)
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