rouse

verb
\ˈrau̇z \
roused; rousing

Definition of rouse 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to cause to break from cover

2a : to stir up : excite was roused to fury

b : to arouse from or as if from sleep or repose : awaken

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 obsolete : drink, toast

2 archaic : carousal

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Other Words from rouse

Verb

rousement \ˈrau̇z-​mənt \ noun
rouser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for rouse

Synonyms: Verb

arouse, awake, awaken, knock up [British], wake, waken

Antonyms: Verb

lull

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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.
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First Known Use of rouse

Verb

1531, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1764, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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The first known use of rouse was in 1531

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rouse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rouse

: to wake (someone) from sleep

: to cause (someone who is tired or not interested) to become active

: to cause (an emotional response) in someone

rouse

verb
\ˈrau̇z \
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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