- 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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Thomas refused to answer for a while, but now my curiosity was aroused about the repulsive young man below and I pressed him.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
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Black people of Birmingham, Alabama aroused the conscience of this nation and brought into being the Civil Rights Bill.The Black and White Men Who Saved Martin Luther King’s Life
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In 2011, however, another study found more evidence to support the idea that men can in fact be aroused by men and women alike.Berkeley Officially Recognizes Bisexual Pride Day
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But various interests were antagonized, and opposition was aroused.The Grand Old Man
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The declaration, simple as it was, aroused the official to new indignation.
He had been aroused by the Inspector's shouting, and was evidently greatly perturbed.
It at once aroused all that was stern in his nature—to have such a coward offer him an insult.Ridgeway
But evidently she aroused herself, as if just awaking from sleep.The Dream
- (tr) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
- to awaken from sleep
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Word Origin and History for aroused
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