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1rouse

verb \ˈraz\

: to wake (someone) from sleep

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

: to cause (an emotional response) in someone

rousedrous·ing

Full Definition of ROUSE

transitive verb
1
archaic :  to cause to break from cover
2
a :  to stir up :  excite <was roused to fury>
b :  to arouse from or as if from sleep or repose :  awaken
intransitive verb
1
:  to become aroused :  awaken
2
:  to become stirred
rouse·ment \ˈraz-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

Related to ROUSE

2rouse

noun

Definition of ROUSE

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

First Known Use of ROUSE

1824

3rouse

noun

Definition of ROUSE

1
obsolete :  drink, toast
2
archaic :  carousal

Origin of ROUSE

alteration (from misdivision of to drink carouse) of carouse
First Known Use: circa 1601

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