rous·​ing | \ ˈrau̇-ziŋ How to pronounce rousing (audio) \

Definition of rousing

1a : giving rise to excitement : stirring a rousing speech
2 : exceptional, superlative a rousing success

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Other Words from rousing

rousingly adverb

Examples of rousing in a Sentence

She was met with a rousing reception. a rousing rendition of our national anthem
Recent Examples on the Web When the team gathered for a team meeting before departing for El Paso, coach Herm Edwards announced Hatch had been awarded a scholarship, which drew a rousing ovation from his teammates. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Sun Bowl notes: Hatch thrives in under-appreciated roles with Sun Devils," 27 Dec. 2019 During a stoppage, Glenn was shown on the video screen, and introduced to a rousing ovation. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Done Singing for the Blues, He Happily Wears Their Stanley Cup Ring," 24 Dec. 2019 That was until Frenkie de Jong's withdrawl - when the young Dutchman was greeted by a rousing standing ovation from the home supporters, keen to acknowledge the prestigious talent and outstanding performance they were blessed enough to witness., "Frenkie de Jong Is Not Only the Heir to Barcelona's Midfield Throne, He's a Legend in the Making," 20 Oct. 2019 Experiments with other than cabbage have been rousing successes. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "For exceptional Korean food, book a table at Anju," 2 Jan. 2020 So far Howard’s reemergence has been a rousing success., "Dwight Howard," 1 Dec. 2019 For a new therapy, it would be considered a rousing success: The clinical trial that led to the approval of Yervoy (ipilimumab) to treat metastatic or unresectable melanoma reported a survival benefit of four months associated with the drug. Stephen Ornes,, "For some cancer patients, monitoring symptoms can extend their lives," 7 Nov. 2019 But by at least one standard, the wall campaign has been a rousing success. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "When GoFundMe Gets Ugly," 9 Oct. 2019 His first home start this past weekend was a rousing success as the Jags beat the Tennessee Titans 20-7. oregonlive, "Northwest football fans already know: Minshew Mania is real," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of rousing

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 Jan 2020

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“Rousing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rousing

: done or said with great enthusiasm or excitement
: causing great emotion, excitement, or enthusiasm
: unusually good

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