arouse

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verb \ ə-ˈrau̇z \

Definition of arouse

aroused; arousing
transitive verb
1 :to awaken from sleep
  • was aroused from a deep sleep by a loud noise
2 :to stimulate to action or to bodily readiness for activity :excite
  • a book that has aroused debate
intransitive verb
:to awake from sleep :stir

arousal

play \ə-ˈrau̇-zəl\ noun

Examples of arouse in a Sentence

  1. The report aroused a great deal of public interest.

  2. The husky sound of her voice could always arouse him.

  3. Their proposal is certain to arouse the opposition.

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Origin and Etymology of arouse

a- (as in arise) + rouse

arouse Synonyms

Synonyms
wake, awake, awaken, knock up [British], rouse, waken
Antonyms
lull
Related Words
roust, rout; raise, revive; reawaken, rewake; agitate, bestir, disturb, excite, provoke, stimulate, stir
Near Antonyms
hypnotize, mesmerize

AROUSE Defined for English Language Learners

arouse

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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

arouse

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verb \ ə-ˈrau̇z \

Definition of arouse for Students

aroused; arousing
1 :to awaken from sleep
2 :to cause to feel
  • arouse anger
3 :to cause to become active or upset
  • arouse the opposition

Medical Dictionary

arouse

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transitive verb \ ə-ˈrau̇z \

medical Definition of arouse

aroused; arousing
1 a :to awake from sleep
b :to rouse or stimulate to action
c :to excite (someone) sexually :to cause sexual arousal in (someone)
2 :to give rise to
  • a response aroused by a stimulus

arousable

play \ə-ˈrau̇-zə-bəl\ adjective

arousability

play \ə-ˌrau̇-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun plural -ties


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