Simple Definition of arouse
: to cause (an emotional or mental state)
: to excite (someone) sexually
: to wake (someone) from sleep
Examples of arouse in a sentence
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
AROUSE Defined for Kids
Definition of arouse for Students
1 : to awaken from sleep
2 : to cause to feel <arouse anger>
3 : to cause to become active or upset <arouse the opposition>
Medical Definition of arouse
1a: to awake from sleepb: to rouse or stimulate to actionc: to excite (someone) sexually : to cause sexual arousal in (someone)
2: to give rise to <a response aroused by a stimulus>
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