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Webster 1913 Edition


Arouse

A-rouse′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Aroused
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Arousing
.]
[Pref.
a-
+
rouse
.]
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.
Grasping his spear, forth issued to
arouse

His brother, mighty sovereign on the host.
Cowper.
No suspicion was
aroused
.
Merivale.

Webster 1828 Edition


Arouse

AROUSE

,
Verb.
T.
arouz'. [Heb.]
To excite into action, that which is at rest; to stir, or put in motion or exertion that which is languid; as, to arouse one from sleep; to arouse the dormant faculties.

Definition 2022


arouse

arouse

English

Verb

arouse (third-person singular simple present arouses, present participle arousing, simple past and past participle aroused)

  1. To stimulate feelings.
    The new building proposals in the village are arousing unneeded discomfort.
    to arouse compassion; to arouse jealousy;to arouse anger
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter VIII”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      “ My tastes,” he said, still smiling, “ incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet.” And, to tease her and arouse her to combat : “ I prefer a farandole to a nocturne ; I'd rather have a painting than an etching ; Mr. Whistler bores me with his monochromatic mud; I don't like dull colours, dull sounds, dull intellects; [].”
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 5, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad:
      She removed Stranleigh’s coat with a dexterity that aroused his imagination.
  2. To sexually stimulate.
    I can't keep my eyes off the dancer; she arouses me greatly.
  3. To wake from sleep or stupor.
    She was snoring and nothing would arouse her.

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