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[uh-rouz] /əˈraʊz/
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.
Origin of arouse
1585-95; a-3 + rouse1, modeled on arise
Related forms
arousability, noun
arousable, adjective
[uh-rou-zuh l] /əˈraʊ zəl/ (Show IPA),
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
Can be confused
arose, arouse.
1. animate; inspirit, inspire; incite, provoke, instigate; stimulate, kindle, fire.
1. calm. Unabridged
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  • Ambien, surprisingly, has even been used to arouse people in a persistent vegetative state.
  • And the curiosity arouse naturally about the peculiarities of who is teaching.
  • Running away will only arouse the dog's instinct and make him chase you.
  • And, as it doesn't add, give its journalists some shelter from tireless complaints that the issues there arouse.
  • It would, however, arouse considerable opposition abroad.
  • Yet radical welfare reform will inevitably arouse far more opposition than a trifling cut in benefits.
  • It was thought that these executive sessions would arouse controversy.
  • Failed crops, lost jobs and bad dreams also arouse suspicion.
  • And it leaves no trace, so those who use it discreetly are unlikely to arouse suspicion from the prosecuting authorities.
  • Results with a period of one year tend to arouse suspicion in scientists wary of systematic errors.
British Dictionary definitions for arouse


(transitive) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
to awaken from sleep
Derived Forms
arousal, noun
arouser, noun
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Word Origin and History for arouse

1590s, "awaken" (transitive), from a- (1) "on" + rouse. Related: Aroused; arousing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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