rouse

1 of 3

verb

roused; rousing

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
rousement noun
rouser noun

rouse

2 of 3

noun (1)

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

rouse

3 of 3

noun (2)

1
archaic : carousal
2
obsolete : drink, toast

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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Verb
Yet when the camera panned to Mahomes, the crowd gave the Chiefs quarterback — and nearby Tyler, Texas product — a rousing ovation. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 29 May 2024 With his third time in the tux, Moore finally hits his stride as 007 and makes the role his own, thanks in no small part to an amphibious Lotus sports car and a rousing pre-opening-credits ski chase that ends with Bond jumping off a cliff and releasing a Union Jack parachute. Chris Nashawaty, EW.com, 29 May 2024 Seventy-five years later, however, images of floating piers and airdrops engender a far different response from the rousing support Americans expressed during the Berlin Blockade. Kaete O’Connell / Made By History, TIME, 22 May 2024 The bootleg also roused a crowd singalong when the trio dropped it during their 2023 Coachella headlining set. Katie Bain, Billboard, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for rouse 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, to shake the feathers

Noun (2)

alteration (from misdivision of to drink carouse) of carouse

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of rouse was in 1531

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Cite this Entry

“Rouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rouse. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

rouse

verb
ˈrau̇z
roused; rousing
1
2
: to make or become active : stir up

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