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rouse

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[ rouz ]
/ raʊz /
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Definition of rouse

verb (used with object), roused, rous·ing.
verb (used without object), roused, rous·ing.
to come out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, apathy, depression, etc.
to start up from a covert or lair, as game.
noun
a rousing.
a signal for rousing; reveille.
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Origin of rouse

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1480–90 in sense “(of a hawk) to shake the feathers”; 1525–35 for def. 3; origin uncertain

synonym study for rouse

1, 2. See incite.

OTHER WORDS FROM rouse

rous·ed·ness [rou-zid-nis], /ˈraʊ zɪd nɪs/, nounrouser, nounun·roused, adjective

Other definitions for rouse (2 of 2)

rouse2
[ rouz ]
/ raʊz /

noun
Archaic. a carouse.
Obsolete. a bumper of liquor.

Origin of rouse

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1595–1605; perhaps variant of carouse (drink carouse being wrongly analyzed as drink a rouse)
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British Dictionary definitions for rouse (1 of 2)

rouse1
/ (raʊz) /

verb
noun
mainly US another term for reveille

Derived forms of rouse

rousedness (ˈraʊzɪdnɪs), noun

Word Origin for rouse

C15 (in sense 5): origin obscure

British Dictionary definitions for rouse (2 of 2)

rouse2
/ (raʊz) /

noun archaic
an alcoholic drink, esp a full measure
another word for carousal

Word Origin for rouse

C17: probably a variant of carouse (as in the phrase drink a rouse, erroneous for drink carouse); compare Danish drikke en rus to become drunk, German Rausch drunkenness
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