Definition of arouse
arousalplay \ə-ˈrau̇-zəl\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of arouse from the Web
One reason is the deployment since 2013 of the Rangers, a tough paramilitary force that has used overwhelming firepower, plus encounters, to arouse fear.
Winnie the Pooh is arousing the wrath of socialist censors Beijing.
During the shutdown, Christie aroused public anger by spending time with his family on Island Beach State Park, a beach that had been declared closed to the public.
His dissident thinking, meanwhile, aroused suspicion.
Few accessories have aroused such commentary, for and against, than the flower crown, so trendy of late among the neo-hippie festival crowd.
Their eyes have beheld, as from the wings of a huge stage, that glorious metamorphosis of a dormant people aroused at last to exaltation.
Other messages quipped that abusing children was sexually arousing.
The Crimson also reported some messages joked abusing children was sexually arousing and sometimes targeted minority groups.
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Origin and Etymology of arouse
a- (as in arise) + rouse
First Known Use: circa 1616See Words from the same year
AROUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of arouse for English Language Learners
: to cause (an emotional or mental state)
: to excite (someone) sexually
: to wake (someone) from sleep
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
arousable\ə-ˈrau̇-zə-bəl\ play adjective
arousability\ə-ˌrau̇-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ play noun plural
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