\ 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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Other Words from arouse

aroused \ ə-​ˈrau̇zd How to pronounce aroused (audio) \ adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Though these disparities understandably arouse a sense of deep unease, and guilt among those who are their beneficiary, there is a dimension to this inequity that has gone overlooked. Corey Robin, The New York Review of Books, "What People Power Looks Like in a Pandemic Democracy," 13 Apr. 2020 There is obviously baggage here, both in this seven-year pairing and in his relationship with you -- and not just because a one-direction possibly-big-money flow to a 34-year-old arouses suspicions. al, "Carolyn Hax: Guess what, your son’s silence on wedding plans is the answer," 29 Apr. 2019 The church, known in South Korea for its secrecy, claims to have about 300,000 members worldwide, including in Wuhan, arousing suspicion among South Koreans. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Religious freedom watchdog warns that pandemic conditions have worsened persecution by China and Iran," 17 Mar. 2020 The prominent problem of recklessly eating wild animals and its potential risk to public health have aroused wide... Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, China Bans Domestic Trade of Wild Animals, but Offers Tax Breaks for Exports," 12 Apr. 2020 Photo illustration by Mike McQuade Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign has aroused the passions of Democratic voters. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, "Michael Bloomberg’s Radically Conventional Campaign Against Donald Trump," 22 Jan. 2020 Dietrich's admiration of a home run against Archer in the second inning of a game in Pittsburgh on April 7 aroused the Pirates' ire. Dave Clark,, "Derek Dietrich does his best Eminem in whisper, reminds Pirates' Chris Archer of home run," 5 Mar. 2020 The stakes are raised when suspicions about the girls' true identities are aroused. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "5 books not to miss: ‘The Vanished Birds’ by Simon Jimenez; ‘Little Gods’ by Meng Jin," 11 Jan. 2020 Along the way, CJNG relied on residents like Roger Dale and Lisa Dawn to deal its drugs to users — people who would seamlessly blend with the local community without arousing suspicion., "How this couple ran a ‘redneck’ meth empire in an Appalachian county ravaged by addiction," 25 Nov. 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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The first known use of arouse was circa 1616

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23 May 2020

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“Arouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of arouse

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


\ 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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