Definition of Arouse

1. Verb. Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses). "Evoke sympathy"

2. Verb. Stop sleeping. "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"
Exact synonyms: Awake, Awaken, Come Alive, Wake, Wake Up, Waken
Entails: Catch Some Z's, Kip, Log Z's, Sleep, Slumber
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Derivative terms: Arousal, Awakening, Waker, Wakening
Antonyms: Fall Asleep

3. Verb. Summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic. "Call down the spirits from the mountain"

4. Verb. Cause to be alert and energetic. "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"

5. Verb. Cause to become awake or conscious. "Please wake me at 6 AM."
Exact synonyms: Awaken, Rouse, Wake, Wake Up, Waken
Specialized synonyms: Reawaken, Bring Around, Bring Back, Bring Round, Bring To, Call
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Arousal, Arouser, Awakening, Rouser
Antonyms: Cause To Sleep

6. Verb. To begin moving,. "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir"
Exact synonyms: Stir
Generic synonyms: Move

7. Verb. Stimulate sexually. "The performance is likely to arouse Sue"; "This movie usually arouses the male audience"
Exact synonyms: Excite, Sex, Turn On, Wind Up
Generic synonyms: Excite, Shake, Shake Up, Stimulate, Stir
Specialized synonyms: Tempt
Derivative terms: Sex, Sex, Turn-on

Definition of Arouse

1. v. t. To excite to action from a state of rest; to stir, or put in motion or exertion; to rouse; to excite; as, to arouse one from sleep; to arouse the dormant faculties.

Definition of Arouse

1. Verb. To stimulate feelings. ¹

2. Verb. To sexually stimulate ¹

3. Verb. To wake from sleep or stupor. ¹

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Definition of Arouse

1. to stimulate [v AROUSED, AROUSING, AROUSES] - See also: stimulate

Lexicographical Neighbors of Arouse

around Robin Hood's barn
around the Horn
around the bend
around the clock
around the corner
around the world
arousal function
arousal reaction

Literary usage of Arouse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1912)
"Her friends point to it underneath Pyramus; she has to arouse him to get it. Pyramus objects to return to life; eventually he hands Thisbe the sword. ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1913)
"The story holds the interest from start to finish, and will arouse curiosity as to the identity of its author. With frontispiece in full color by M. Wilson ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"It was natural that Tennent's preaching in New England should arouse strong criticism from men of like mind with the " Old Side " of his own church. ..."

4. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"arouse there, ho ! take spear and sword I Attach the murderer of your lord ! ' XXI A moment, fixed as by a spell, 48« Stood Bertram — it seemed miracle, ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... arouse interest in Catholic education while soliciting the financial aid necessary for the upbuilding of a well-equipped Catholic University. ..."

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