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arouse

[uh-rouz]
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verb (used with object), a·roused, a·rous·ing.
  1. to stir to action or strong response; excite: to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion.
  2. to stimulate sexually.
  3. to awaken; wake up: The footsteps aroused the dog.
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verb (used without object), a·roused, a·rous·ing.
  1. to awake or become aroused: At dawn the farmers began to arouse.
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Origin of arouse

1585–95; a-3 + rouse1, modeled on arise
Related formsa·rous·a·bil·i·ty, nouna·rous·a·ble, adjectivea·rous·al [uh-rou-zuh l] /əˈraʊ zəl/, nouna·rous·er, nounnon·a·rous·al, nouno·ver·a·rous·al, nounre·a·rous·al, nounre·a·rouse, verb, re·a·roused, re·a·rous·ing.sem·i·a·rous·al, nounsub·a·rous·al, nounun·a·rous·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·roused, adjectiveun·a·rous·ing, adjectivewell-a·roused, adjective
Can be confusedarose arouse

Synonyms

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1. animate; inspirit, inspire; incite, provoke, instigate; stimulate, kindle, fire.

Antonyms

1. calm.
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  • But various interests were antagonized, and opposition was aroused.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The declaration, simple as it was, aroused the official to new indignation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He had been aroused by the Inspector's shouting, and was evidently greatly perturbed.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • It at once aroused all that was stern in his nature—to have such a coward offer him an insult.

    Ridgeway

    Scian Dubh

  • But evidently she aroused herself, as if just awaking from sleep.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for aroused

arouse

verb
  1. (tr) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
  2. to awaken from sleep
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Derived Formsarousal, nounarouser, noun
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Word Origin and History for aroused

arouse

v.

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

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