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arouse

[ uh-rouz ]
/ əˈraʊz /
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for arouse

arouse

/ (əˈraʊz) /

verb

(tr) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
to awaken from sleep
Derived Formsarousal, nounarouser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for arouse

arouse


v.

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

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