[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. around the bend,
  2. around the corner,
  3. around the world in eighty days,
  4. around-the-clock,
  5. arousal,
  6. arp,
  7. arp, jean,
  8. arpa,
  9. arpad,
  10. arpanet

Origin of arouse

1585–95; a-3 + rouse1, modeled on arise

Related forms
Can be confusedarose arouse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arousing


/ (əˈraʊz) /


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

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Word Origin and History for arousing



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

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