rearouse

verb

re·​arouse (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈrau̇z How to pronounce rearouse (audio)
rearoused; rearousing; rearouses

transitive verb

: to awaken, stimulate, or excite (someone or something) for a second or subsequent time : to arouse (someone or something) again
But three new books—two novels and a collection of short stories—may rearouse public attention. Anthony Finn
rearousal noun
plural rearousals
… when the demands to handle the phobic object increased, their self-reports of anxiety precipitously rose, with the consequence of a rearousal of their fears. Donald Meichenbaum

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rearouse was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Rearouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rearouse. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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