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rouse

play
verb \ˈrau̇z\

Simple Definition of rouse

  • : to wake (someone) from sleep

  • : to cause (someone who is tired or not interested) to become active

  • : to cause (an emotional response) in someone

Full Definition of rouse

rousedrous·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to cause to break from cover

  3. 2 a :  to stir up :  excite <was roused to fury> b :  to arouse from or as if from sleep or repose :  awaken

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become aroused :  awaken

  6. 2 :  to become stirred

rouse·ment play \ˈrau̇z-mənt\ noun
rous·er noun

Examples of rouse

  1. I've been unable to rouse her.

  2. I was so tired I could barely rouse myself to prepare dinner.

  3. These animals are dangerous when roused.

  4. She was roused to anger by their indifference.



Origin of rouse

Middle English, to shake the feathers


First Known Use: 1531

Rhymes with rouse


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rouse

noun

Definition of rouse

  1. :  an act or instance of rousing; especially :  an excited stir



1824

First Known Use of rouse

1824


3

rouse

noun

Definition of rouse

  1. 1 obsolete :  drink, toast

  2. 2 archaic :  carousal



Origin of rouse

alteration (from misdivision of to drink carouse) of carouse


First Known Use: circa 1601


ROUSE Defined for Kids

rouse

play
verb \ˈrau̇z\

Definition of rouse

rousedrous·ing

  1. 1 :  1awake 1 <Lucy was such a light sleeper that stepping on a creaky floorboard … could easily rouse her. — Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean>

  2. 2 :  to stir up :  excite <The idea roused great interest.>





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