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rouse

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verb \ ˈrau̇z \

Definition of rouse

roused; rousing
transitive verb
1 archaic :to cause to break from cover
2 a :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

rousement

play \ˈrau̇z-mənt\ noun

rouser

noun

Examples of rouse in a Sentence

  1. I've been unable to rouse her.

  2. I was so tired I could barely rouse myself to prepare dinner.

  3. These animals are dangerous when roused.

  4. She was roused to anger by their indifference.

Origin and Etymology of rouse

Middle English, to shake the feathers

rouse Synonyms

Synonyms
arouse, awake, awaken, knock up [British], wake, waken
Antonyms
lull
Related Words
roust, rout; raise, revive; reawaken, rewake; agitate, bestir, disturb, excite, provoke, stimulate, stir
Near Antonyms
hypnotize, mesmerize

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rouse

noun

Definition of rouse

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

First Known Use of rouse

1764


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rouse

noun

Definition of rouse

1 obsolete :drink, toast
2 archaic :carousal

Origin and Etymology of rouse

alteration (from misdivision of to drink carouse) of carouse


ROUSE Defined for English Language Learners

rouse

play
verb

Definition of rouse for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

rouse

play
verb \ ˈrau̇z \

Definition of rouse for Students

roused; rousing
1 :1awake 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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