arouse verb \ə-ˈrau̇z\
: to cause (an emotional or mental state)
: to excite (someone) sexually
: to wake (someone) from sleep
: to rouse or stimulate to action or to physiological readiness for activity : excite <the book aroused debate>
Examples of AROUSE
- The report aroused a great deal of public interest.
- The husky sound of her voice could always arouse him.
- Their proposal is certain to arouse the opposition.
Origin of AROUSE
(as in arise
) + rouse
First Known Use: 1593
arouse transitive verb \ə-ˈrau̇z\ (Medical Dictionary)
: to rouse or stimulate to action or to physiological readiness for activity <became sexually aroused>
: to give rise to <a response aroused by a stimulus>
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