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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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  • This did not arouse the sleeper, so he added force to his hand, at which the other sagged forward limply.

    In the Shadow of the Hills George C. Shedd
  • In fact, they are so common as to arouse little or no wonder in the minds of the people.

    Riders to the Sea J. M. Synge
  • Even this did not arouse McClellan, and two more weeks of inaction passed before he again set his vast army in motion.

    On the Trail of Grant and Lee Frederick Trevor Hill
  • In it we do not know the evil passions which ambition and strife are said to arouse.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • There was nothing in it to excite interest or arouse curiosity.

    The Manor House School Angela Brazil
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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