arouse

[ uh-rouz ]
/ əˈraʊz /

verb (used with object), a·roused, a·rous·ing.

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), a·roused, a·rous·ing.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM arouse

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH arouse

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British Dictionary definitions for arousal

arouse
/ (əˈraʊz) /

verb

(tr) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
to awaken from sleep

Derived forms of arouse

arousal, nounarouser, noun
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