arouse

verb
\ ə-ˈrau̇z How to pronounce arouse (audio) \
aroused; arousing

Definition of arouse

transitive verb

1 : to awaken from sleep was aroused from a deep sleep by a loud noise
2 : to stimulate to action or to bodily readiness for activity : excite a book that has aroused debate
3 : to excite (someone) sexually : to cause sexual arousal in (someone) … girls whose perfume scent frightened him and aroused him.— Elizabeth Berg

intransitive verb

: to awake from sleep : stir

Other Words from arouse

aroused \ ə-​ˈrau̇zd How to pronounce arouse (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of arouse in a Sentence

The report aroused a great deal of public interest. The husky sound of her voice could always arouse him. Their proposal is certain to arouse the opposition.
Recent Examples on the Web The corpse in question had to be fresh enough not to arouse suspicion upon its discovery in waters off Spain, a neutral country crawling with German officials and spies. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 Either scenario would give Russian President Vladimir Putin a significant propaganda victory and potentially arouse support within Russia for an attack on NATO countries. Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2022 Either scenario would give Russian President Vladimir Putin a significant propaganda victory and potentially arouse support within Russia for an attack on NATO countries. Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2022 Either scenario would give Russian President Vladimir Putin a significant propaganda victory and potentially arouse support within Russia for an attack on NATO countries. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 In Russia, the figure-skating competition at the Winter Olympics, in Beijing, seems to arouse more conversation than the conflict with Ukraine. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Posing in lingerie is meant to arouse the prospective buyer. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 17 Feb. 2022 To present yourself in a positive light, with just enough spice to arouse interest and intrigue but without boasting or going overboard – this is the uncomfortable challenge facing anyone who wants to create an online dating profile. Marie Bergström, refinery29.com, 25 Jan. 2022 The unrest is also likely arouse serious concern in China. Jim Heintz, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of arouse

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for arouse

a- (as in arise, awake entry 1) + rouse entry 1

Note: The verb arouse is formed by analogy with rise : arise, wake : awake; in these pairs a- goes back to Old English, as either the perfective prefix a- (see abide) or a reduced form of on- (see a- entry 1).

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18 May 2022

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“Arouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arouse. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for arouse

arouse

verb
\ ə-ˈrau̇z How to pronounce arouse (audio) \
aroused; arousing

Kids Definition of arouse

1 : to awaken from sleep
2 : to cause to feel arouse anger
3 : to cause to become active or upset arouse the opposition

arouse

transitive verb
\ ə-ˈrau̇z How to pronounce arouse (audio) \
aroused; arousing

Medical Definition of arouse

1a : to awake from sleep
b : to rouse or stimulate to action
c : to excite (someone) sexually : to cause sexual arousal in (someone)
2 : to give rise to a response aroused by a stimulus

Other Words from arouse

arousable \ ə-​ˈrau̇-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce arouse (audio) \ adjective
arousability \ ə-​ˌrau̇-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce arouse (audio) \ noun, plural arousabilities

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