- to stir to action or strong response; excite: to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion.
- to stimulate sexually.
- to awaken; wake up: The footsteps aroused the dog.
- to awake or become aroused: At dawn the farmers began to arouse.
Origin of arouse
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1. animate; inspirit, inspire; incite, provoke, instigate; stimulate, kindle, fire.
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Examples from the Web for arouse
She sought to arouse what attention she could by running for governor as the most libertine of libertarians.Kristin Davis, Self-Styled Spitzer Madam, Is Arraigned on Drug Charges
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She was more interested in the way fashion played out in popular culture, they way it could arouse, empower and provoke.Helen Gurley Brown’s Fashion Sense: the Power of Cleavage
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But while horror films excite and arouse, they “often leave people feeling nervous and unsettled,” despite any catharsis.Why Our Brains Love Horror Movies
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The idea that women must be cloaked and hidden from display lest they arouse male lust is not unique to Islam.Oops! Sorry for Erasing Hillary
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A mosque is neither factory nor fortress: Why should it arouse either envy or fear?Why the Mosque Scares the Right
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In fact, they are so common as to arouse little or no wonder in the minds of the people.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
Arouse all together, mes enfants, under pain of my displeasure.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
She was gowned, too, with a chic nicety to arouse the envy of all less-fortunate women.Within the Law
In it we do not know the evil passions which ambition and strife are said to arouse.Night and Morning, Complete
Let us arouse the people; hitherto we have depended too much upon the nobles.Leila, Complete
- (tr) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
- to awaken from sleep
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Word Origin and History for arouse
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