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[uh-rouz] /əˈraʊz/
verb (used with object), aroused, arousing.
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.
verb (used without object), aroused, arousing.
to awake or become aroused:
At dawn the farmers began to arouse.
Origin of arouse
1585-95; a-3 + rouse1, modeled on arise
Related forms
arousability, noun
arousable, adjective
[uh-rou-zuh l] /əˈraʊ zəl/ (Show IPA),
arouser, noun
nonarousal, noun
overarousal, noun
rearousal, noun
rearouse, verb, rearoused, rearousing.
semiarousal, noun
subarousal, noun
unarousable, adjective
unaroused, adjective
unarousing, adjective
well-aroused, adjective
Can be confused
arose, arouse.
1. animate; inspirit, inspire; incite, provoke, instigate; stimulate, kindle, fire.
1. calm. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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 Marvin Dana
  • In it we do not know the evil passions which ambition and strife are said to arouse.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Let us arouse the people; hitherto we have depended too much upon the nobles.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for arouse


(transitive) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
to awaken from sleep
Derived Forms
arousal, noun
arouser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for arouse

1590s, "awaken" (transitive), from a- (1) "on" + rouse. Related: Aroused; arousing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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