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arouse

verb \ə-ˈraz\

: to cause (an emotional or mental state)

: to excite (someone) sexually

: to wake (someone) from sleep

arousedarous·ing

Full Definition of AROUSE

transitive verb
1
:  to awaken from sleep
2
:  to rouse or stimulate to action or to physiological readiness for activity :  excite <the book aroused debate>
intransitive verb
:  to awake from sleep :  stir
arous·al \ə-ˈra-zəl\ noun
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Examples of AROUSE

  1. The report aroused a great deal of public interest.
  2. The husky sound of her voice could always arouse him.
  3. Their proposal is certain to arouse the opposition.

Origin of AROUSE

a- (as in arise) + rouse
First Known Use: 1593

Related to AROUSE

AROUSAL Defined for Kids

arouse

verb \ə-ˈraz\
arousedarous·ing

Definition of AROUSE for Kids

1
:  to awaken from sleep
2
:  to cause to feel <arouse anger>
3
:  to cause to become active or upset <arouse the opposition>
Medical Dictionary

arouse

transitive verb \ə-ˈraz\
arousedarous·ing

Medical Definition of AROUSE

1
:  to rouse or stimulate to action or to physiological readiness for activity <became sexually aroused>
2
:  to give rise to <a response aroused by a stimulus>

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