rouse

verb
\ ˈrau̇z How to pronounce rouse (audio) \
roused; rousing

Definition of rouse

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to arouse from or as if from sleep or repose : awaken
b : to stir up : excite was roused to fury
2 archaic : to cause to break from cover

intransitive verb

1 : to become aroused : awaken
2 : to become stirred

rouse

noun (1)

Definition of rouse (Entry 2 of 3)

: an act or instance of rousing especially : an excited stir

rouse

noun (2)

Definition of rouse (Entry 3 of 3)

1 archaic : carousal
2 obsolete : drink, toast

Other Words from rouse

Verb

rousement \ ˈrau̇z-​mənt How to pronounce rouse (audio) \ noun
rouser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for rouse

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of rouse in a Sentence

Verb I've been unable to rouse her. I was so tired I could barely rouse myself to prepare dinner. These animals are dangerous when roused. She was roused to anger by their indifference.

First Known Use of rouse

Verb

1531, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Noun (1)

1764, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for rouse

Verb

Middle English, to shake the feathers

Noun (2)

alteration (from misdivision of to drink carouse) of carouse

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“Rouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rouse. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for rouse

rouse

verb
\ ˈrau̇z How to pronounce rouse (audio) \
roused; rousing

Kids Definition of rouse

1 : awake entry 1 sense 1 Lucy was such a light sleeper that stepping on a creaky floorboard … could easily rouse her.— Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean
2 : to stir up : excite The idea roused great interest.

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