\ 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


noun (1)

Definition of rouse (Entry 2 of 3)

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


noun (2)

Definition of rouse (Entry 3 of 3)

1 archaic : carousal
2 obsolete : drink, toast

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Other Words from rouse


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.
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First Known Use of rouse


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


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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Cite this Entry

“Rouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rouse

somewhat formal
: to wake (someone) from sleep
: to cause (someone who is tired or not interested) to become active
: to cause (an emotional response) in someone


\ 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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