rouse

1
[ rouz ]
/ raʊz /
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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.

Origin of rouse

1
1480–90 in sense “(of a hawk) to shake the feathers”; 1525–35 for def 3; origin uncertain
ANTONYMS FOR rouse
1, 2 lull, calm, pacify.
Related formsrous·ed·ness [rou-zid-nis] /ˈraʊ zɪd nɪs/, nounrous·er, nounun·roused, adjective

Synonym study

1, 2. See incite.
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British Dictionary definitions for rouser (1 of 3)

rouser

/ (ˈraʊzə) /

noun

  1. a person or thing that rouses people, such as a stirring speech or compelling rock song
  2. (in combination)rabble-rouser

British Dictionary definitions for rouser (2 of 3)

rouse

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/ (raʊz) /

verb

noun

mainly US another term for reveille
Derived Formsrousedness (ˈraʊzɪdnɪs), noun

Word Origin for rouse

C15 (in sense 5): origin obscure

British Dictionary definitions for rouser (3 of 3)

rouse

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/ (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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