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arouse

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verb \ə-ˈrau̇z\

Simple Definition of arouse

  • : to cause (an emotional or mental state)

  • : to excite (someone) sexually

  • : to wake (someone) from sleep

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of arouse

arousedarousing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to awaken from sleep

  3. 2 :  to rouse or stimulate to action or to physiological readiness for activity :  excite <the book aroused debate>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to awake from sleep :  stir

arousalplay \ə-ˈrau̇-zəl\ noun

Examples of arouse in a sentence

  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


AROUSE Defined for Kids

arouse

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verb \ə-ˈrau̇z\

Definition of arouse for Students

arousedarousing

  1. 1 :  to awaken from sleep

  2. 2 :  to cause to feel <arouse anger>

  3. 3 :  to cause to become active or upset <arouse the opposition>




Medical Dictionary

arouse

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transitive verb \ə-ˈrau̇z\

Medical Definition of arouse

aroused; arousing

  1. 1a:  to awake from sleepb:  to rouse or stimulate to actionc:  to excite (someone) sexually :  to cause sexual arousal in (someone)

  2. 2:  to give rise to <a response aroused by a stimulus>

arousable \ə-ˈrau̇-zə-bəl\ play adjective
arousability \ə-ˌrau̇-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ play noun plural arousabilities




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