arouse

[uh-rouz]
verb (used with object), aroused, arousing.
1.
to stir to action or strong response; excite: to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion.
2.
to stimulate sexually.
3.
to awaken; wake up: The footsteps aroused the dog.
verb (used without object), aroused, arousing.
4.
to awake or become aroused: At dawn the farmers began to arouse.

Origin:
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.
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arouse (əˈraʊz)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
2.  to awaken from sleep
 
a'rousal
 
n
 
a'rouser
 
n

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Word Origin & History

arouse
1590s, "awaken," from a- (1) "on" + rouse (q.v.). Related: Arousal (1854).
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Example sentences
How arousing is it to look up into a forest of hair growing out of his nose.
Their capacity for arousing violence will arouse somebody who is violent, one
  of these days.
Still, arousing them this often may have prevented them from converting their
  short-term memories into long-term ones.
Others spoke cryptically to avoid arousing the suspicion of listening ears.
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