arouse

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verb \ə-ˈrau̇z\

Definition of arouse

aroused

;

arousing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to awaken from sleep was aroused from a deep sleep by a loud noise

  3. 2 :  to stimulate to action or to bodily readiness for activity :  excite a book that has aroused debate

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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 Defined for English Language Learners

arouse

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verb

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. 1 :  to awaken from sleep

  2. 2 :  to cause to feel arouse anger

  3. 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. 1a:  to awake from sleepb:  to rouse or stimulate to actionc:  to excite (someone) sexually :  to cause sexual arousal in (someone)

  2. 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

arousabilities



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