A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to activate)
a. to stimulate
La cafeína estimula el sistema nervioso.Caffeine stimulates the nervous system.
2. (to foster)
a. to stimulate
Se espera que estas medidas estimulen el crecimiento económico.It is hoped that these measures will stimulate economic growth.
b. to encourage
Hay que estimular la inversión privada.We need to encourage private investment.
3. (to motivate)
a. to stimulate
Hay que estimular a los niños con actividades interesantes.Children need to be stimulated with interesting activities.
b. to encourage
Trata de estimular a tu hija a que trabaje más.Try to encourage your daughter to work harder.
4. (to excite sexually)
a. to arouse
El ambiente romántico estimuló a la chica.The girl was aroused by the romantic atmosphere.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
5. (to use drugs; used with "con")
a. to take
El boxeador se estimulaba con sustancias ilegales.The boxer was taking illegal drugs.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (animar)
a. to encourage
2. (excitar)
a. to stimulate
transitive verb
1 (alentar) [+persona] to encourage
hay que estimularlos para que respondan adecuadamente you must encourage them to answer correctly; estimular a algn a hacer algo to encourage sb to do sth
2 (favorecer) [+apetito, economía, esfuerzos, ahorro] to stimulate
economía, esfuerzos, ahorro
[+debate] to promote
3 [+organismo, célula] to stimulate
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