Simple Definition of arouse
: to cause (an emotional or mental state)
: to excite (someone) sexually
: to wake (someone) from sleep
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
a- (as in arise) + rouse
First Known Use: 1593
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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