verb (used with object), roused, rous·ing.
verb (used without object), roused, rous·ing.
Origin of rouse1
Definition for rouse (2 of 2)
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Examples from the Web for rouse
At last, a cause that could rouse it to action: defending the honor of campaign contributors.How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy|Michael Waldman|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They startle viewers, rouse viewers, occasionally put off and occasionally turn on viewers.
He had to rouse himself and run for his life through the hospital, hiding with the terrified nurses behind locked doors.Mumbai on Edge With Shiv Sena Founder Bal Thackeray Ill|Dilip D’Souza|November 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The ex-senator tells Howard Kurtz that Congress needs to rouse itself to raise taxes and slash spending.Alan Simpson Plans ‘Cialis Solution’ to Get Congress to Slash Debt|Howard Kurtz|June 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Newt Gingrich rarely fails to rouse a partisan crowd, as he demonstrated again over the weekend.
He knew that would only rouse his emotions and weaken his courage.The Lost Prince|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Then a reminiscence, which had never before failed to rouse indignation in her, made her laugh.Cashel Byron's Profession|George Bernard Shaw
Then as they heard nothing to rouse their fears, they moved cautiously up the side of the ridge.The War Trail|Elmer Russell Gregor
But now the pack began to rouse up and show its rage under the calm, careless, defiant contempt with which it was being treated.The Lost Middy|George Manville Fenn
They thought that the object of worship in church was to rouse men to think and act about the problems of the world.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
British Dictionary definitions for rouse (1 of 2)
Word Origin for rouse
British Dictionary definitions for rouse (2 of 2)
Word Origin for rouse
Word Origin and History for rouse
mid-15c., intransitive probably from Anglo-French or Old French reuser, ruser, originally used in English of hawks shaking the feathers of the body, but like many hawking terms it is of obscure origin. Figurative meaning "to stir up, provoke to activity" is from 1580s; that of "awaken" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Roused; rousing.