- to bring out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, fancied security, apathy, depression, etc.: He was roused to action by courageous words.
- to stir or incite to strong indignation or anger.
- to cause (game) to start from a covert or lair.
- Nautical. to pull by main strength; haul.
- to come out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, apathy, depression, etc.
- to start up from a covert or lair, as game.
- a rousing.
- a signal for rousing; reveille.
Origin of rouse1
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- Archaic. a carouse.
- Obsolete. a bumper of liquor.
Origin of rouse2
Examples from the Web for rouse
At last, a cause that could rouse it to action: defending the honor of campaign contributors.How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy
April 18, 2014
They startle viewers, rouse viewers, occasionally put off and occasionally turn on viewers.‘Veep’ Is a F*@king Masterclass in Cursing
April 7, 2014
But among Millennials, there are fewer white, Christian non-immigrants to rouse.The Rise of the New New Left
September 12, 2013
He had to rouse himself and run for his life through the hospital, hiding with the terrified nurses behind locked doors.Mumbai on Edge With Shiv Sena Founder Bal Thackeray Ill
November 16, 2012
The ex-senator tells Howard Kurtz that Congress needs to rouse itself to raise taxes and slash spending.Alan Simpson Plans ‘Cialis Solution’ to Get Congress to Slash Debt
June 14, 2012
They'll take the telephone and rouse the towns all along the mountains.Way of the Lawless
If she could rouse herself to try to save that girl it would be the best thing she could do.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
I would have sent you word, but I did not want to rouse you.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
But Felicien had discovered one way in which he could rouse her, and he took advantage of it.The Dream
He was as a sportsman, for it would not do to rouse suspicion.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- to bring (oneself or another person) out of sleep, unconsciousness, etc, or (of a person) to come to consciousness in this way
- (tr) to provoke, stir, or exciteto rouse someone's anger
- rouse oneself to become active or energetic
- hunting to start or cause to start from coverto rouse game birds
- (intr) falconry (of hawks) to ruffle the feathers and cause them to stand briefly on end (a sign of contentment)
- (raʊs) (intr foll by on) Australian to speak scoldingly or rebukingly (to)
- mainly US another term for reveille
- an alcoholic drink, esp a full measure
- another word for carousal
Word Origin and History for rouse
mid-15c., intransitive probably from Anglo-French or Old French reuser, ruser, originally used in English of hawks shaking the feathers of the body, but like many hawking terms it is of obscure origin. Figurative meaning "to stir up, provoke to activity" is from 1580s; that of "awaken" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Roused; rousing.