What does the word stimulate mean?

Usage examples for stimulate

  1. When the mind is dull and the spirits low and we have no inspiration for prayer, the reading of a spiritual poem will often so stimulate the mind, raise the spirits, and animate the soul, as to make it easy for us to pray. – How to Live a Holy Life by C. E. Orr
  2. But agin I didn't take particular notice, looking on myself as called upon to stimulate public feeling. – Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens
  3. This book is meant to confirm our knowledge and to stimulate and direct, in a measure, our action; and to avert, if possible, the consequences of not acting. – The Subterranean Brotherhood by Julian Hawthorne