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verb (used with object), a·roused, a·rous·ing.
  1. to stir to action or strong response; excite: to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion.
  2. to stimulate sexually.
  3. to awaken; wake up: The footsteps aroused the dog.
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verb (used without object), a·roused, a·rous·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsa·rous·a·bil·i·ty, nouna·rous·a·ble, adjectivea·rous·al [uh-rou-zuhl] /əˈraʊ zəl/, nouna·rous·er, nounnon·a·rous·al, nouno·ver·a·rous·al, nounre·a·rous·al, nounre·a·rouse, verb, re·a·roused, re·a·rous·ing.sem·i·a·rous·al, nounsub·a·rous·al, nounun·a·rous·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·roused, adjectiveun·a·rous·ing, adjectivewell-a·roused, adjective
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1. calm.
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  • But various interests were antagonized, and opposition was aroused.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The declaration, simple as it was, aroused the official to new indignation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He had been aroused by the Inspector's shouting, and was evidently greatly perturbed.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • But evidently she aroused herself, as if just awaking from sleep.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • It at once aroused all that was stern in his nature—to have such a coward offer him an insult.


    Scian Dubh

British Dictionary definitions for aroused


  1. (tr) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
  2. to awaken from sleep
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Derived Formsarousal, nounarouser, noun
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Word Origin and History for aroused



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

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