verb (used with object), aroused, arousing.
to stir to action or strong response; excite: to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion.
to stimulate sexually.
to awaken; wake up: The footsteps aroused the dog.
verb (used without object), aroused, arousing.
to awake or become aroused: At dawn the farmers began to arouse.

1585–95; a-3 + rouse1, modeled on arise

arousability, noun
arousable, adjective
arousal [uh-rou-zuhl] , noun
arouser, noun
nonarousal, noun
overarousal, noun
rearousal, noun
rearouse, verb, rearoused, rearousing.
semiarousal, noun
subarousal, noun
unarousable, adjective
unaroused, adjective
unarousing, adjective
well-aroused, adjective

arose, arouse.

1. animate; inspirit, inspire; incite, provoke, instigate; stimulate, kindle, fire.

1. calm. Unabridged
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arouse (əˈraʊz)
1.  (tr) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
2.  to awaken from sleep

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Word Origin & History

1590s, "awaken," from a- (1) "on" + rouse (q.v.). Related: Arousal (1854).
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in psychology, the stimulation of the cerebral cortex into a state of general wakefulness, or attention. Activation proceeds from various portions of the brain, but primarily from the reticular formation, the nerve network in the midbrain that monitors ingoing and outgoing sensory and motor impulses. Activation, however, is not the same as direct cortical stimulation by specific sense receptors, such as being awakened by noise. It involves, rather, a complex of impulses that are both internal and external to the body. Electroencephalography (EEG) measures the degree of arousal.

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Example sentences
They rated each ritual's frequency and the level of arousal involved.
It is primarily based on physical arousal and lasts as long.
So first one area that brings people together is some kind of arousal, right.
But the phenomenon of early arousal may be widespread.
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