- 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 arousing
Scratch that: these are actually more cringe-worthy than arousing.'50 Shades of Grey' Author E.L. James to Publish Writing Advice Guide
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According to the dictionary, it is “arousing a sympathetic response.”Saudi Arabia’s Religious Police Outlaw ‘Tempting Eyes’
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Afterward, the company became timid and slow, almost afraid to compete for fear of arousing more scrutiny.Google Faces Antitrust Subpoena
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The downside of a writer “arousing love” is literary groupies.Still Cool Camus
January 2, 2010
The elusiveness at Obama's core, which once served him so well, has turned back on itself, arousing suspicions.The Inescapable President
September 18, 2009
The little incident may have touched her, arousing her conscience.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
I did not do so only from the fear (absurd, I admit) of arousing some sort of suspicion in his mind.'Twixt Land & Sea
“That man is only arousing the people and accomplishing no good,” said Lawrence.Rodney, the Ranger
John V. Lane
The picture of it shot into his eyes, arousing a hate in his thought.Erik Dorn
That knowledge was certainly in my mind on the instant of arousing from the swoon.The Blindman's World
- (tr) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
- to awaken from sleep
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Word Origin and History for arousing
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