arouse

verb
\ ə-ˈrau̇z How to pronounce arouse (audio) \
aroused; arousing

Definition of arouse

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
3 : to excite (someone) sexually : to cause sexual arousal in (someone) … girls whose perfume scent frightened him and aroused him.— Elizabeth Berg

intransitive verb

: to awake from sleep : stir

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Synonyms & Antonyms for arouse

Synonyms

awake, awaken, knock up [British], rouse, wake, waken

Antonyms

lull

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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.
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Artistic director Mike Ryan is amusingly fuming and preening as local Antiphola’s jealous husband Adriano, and Madeline Wall is always stretching and working out as Adriano’s sister Luciana, aghast yet aroused at the other Antiphola’s advances. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Shakespeare’s twins, Jane Austen romance delight in Santa Cruz," 31 July 2019 But the sheer scale of Oki's launch might arouse the FDA's ire. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "CBD-infused food and beverages are still illegal under US law. So why are they everywhere?," 25 June 2019 The compulsions are so strong that one serial killer got aroused just by looking at open windows. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: First the burglaries; then the dogs started dying (Part Two)," 22 June 2019 But the sheer scale of Oki’s launch might arouse the FDA’s ire. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "CBD-infused food and beverages are still illegal under US law. So why are they everywhere?," 24 June 2019 But the sheer scale of Oki’s launch might arouse the FDA’s ire. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "CBD is still illegal in the US. So why is it everywhere?," 24 June 2019 But the sheer scale of Oki’s launch might arouse the FDA’s ire. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "CBD-infused food and beverages are still illegal under U.S. law. So why are they everywhere?," 24 June 2019 A few minutes earlier the group — tan robes, burgundy hoods, shirts with meandering yellow streaks — had done a hooting lap around the Grand Central concourse, arousing cell-phone cameras, and appetites. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "This year, Joey Chestnut marched on New York with a hot dog entourage," 4 July 2019 Markel said much of what's happening now is reminiscent of the 19th Century, when a swelling number of immigrants aroused concerns about the potential spread of infectious diseases. Susan Scutti, CNN, "'Crowding diseases' threaten migrant children held in US border protection facilities, expert says," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of arouse

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for arouse

a- (as in arise) + rouse

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arouse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of arouse

: to cause (an emotional or mental state)
: to excite (someone) sexually
: to wake (someone) from sleep

arouse

verb
\ ə-ˈrau̇z How to pronounce arouse (audio) \
aroused; arousing

Kids Definition of arouse

1 : to awaken from sleep
2 : to cause to feel arouse anger
3 : to cause to become active or upset arouse the opposition
\ ə-ˈrau̇z How to pronounce arouse (audio) \
aroused; arousing

Medical Definition of arouse

1a : 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

Other Words from arouse

arousable \ ə-​ˈrau̇-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce arousable (audio) \ adjective
arousability \ ə-​ˌrau̇-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce arousability (audio) \ noun, plural arousabilities

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