To excite as if with a goad; to excite, rouse, or animate, to action or more vigorous exertion by some pungent motive or by persuasion; as, to stimulate one by the hope of reward, or by the prospect of glory.
- To rouse to activity or heightened action, as by spurring or goading; excite. See Synonyms at provoke.
- To increase temporarily the activity of (a body organ or part).
- To excite or invigorate (a person, for example) with a stimulant.
- To act or serve as a stimulant or stimulus.