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1 to cause to stop sleeping
  • the rooster's crow aroused me from my deep sleep

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2 to cease to be asleep
  • set the alarm so we would arouse at 5:00 a.m.

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3 to rouse to strong feeling or action
  • the court's controversial decision aroused many to protest and to lobby the legislature for a constitutional amendment

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The first known use of arouse was circa 1616

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“Arouse.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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