Definition of arouse
- was aroused from a deep sleep by a loud noise
- a book that has aroused debate
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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First Known Use: circa 1616See Words from the same year
: to cause (an emotional or mental state)
: to excite (someone) sexually
: to wake (someone) from sleep
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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