- 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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Examples from the Web for arousal
She derives no sexual pleasure from her dominatrix gig, she says, but still likes “the arousal of the ego.”Is This Dildo-Licking, Dominatrix-Loving Vogue Blogger the New Face of Feminism?
May 22, 2014
Arousal sends dopamine to the brain; dopamine is the chemical associated with desire.Why Men Cybercheat
June 7, 2011
The female sexual brain is like an AND gate and requires many more cues for arousal to be triggered.Newsweek Live Chat: What the Internet Can Teach Us About Sex
The Daily Beast
April 25, 2011
What's important for a man in terms of his arousal is the competition.The Intellectual Sex Fetish
July 29, 2010
The sentiments aroused are different; but the arousal is the same.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
At the slightest happening which seems to confirm suspicion there is an arousal of bad blood and a quarrel.The New Boys at Oakdale
We knew too well the Spirit of the Place; we waited its arousal with grave expectation.The Song of the Rappahannock
Ira Seymour Dodd
- (tr) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
- to awaken from sleep
Word Origin and History for arousal
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