arouse


arouse
[[t]əra͟ʊz[/t]]
arouses, arousing, aroused
1) VERB If something arouses a particular reaction or attitude in people, it causes them to have that reaction or attitude.

[V n] His revolutionary work in linguistics has aroused intense scholarly interest.

[V n] ...the deep public anger you have aroused.

2) VERB If something arouses a particular feeling or instinct that exists in someone, it causes them to experience that feeling or instinct strongly.

[V n] There is nothing quite like a crisp, dry sherry to arouse the appetite...

[V n] He aroused her mothering instincts. [Also V n in n]

3) VERB: usu passive If you are aroused by something, it makes you feel sexually excited.

[be V-ed] Some men are aroused when their partner says erotic words to them.

Derived words:
aroused ADJ-GRADED usu v-link ADJ

Some men feel that they get most sexually aroused in the morning.

arousing ADJ-GRADED

Being stroked by a partner is usually more arousing than stroking yourself.

4) VERB If something arouses you, it makes you feel angry.

[V n] He apologized, saying this subject always aroused him.

5) VERB If something arouses you from sleep, it wakes you up. [WRITTEN]

[V n] About two o'clock, we were aroused from our sleep by a knocking at the door.

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  • Arouse — A*rouse , v. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arouse — The relation of arouse to rouse is much like that of arise to rise, i.e. rouse is almost always preferred in the literal sense with a person or animal as object. Arouse is chiefly used to mean ‘to call into being’ with reference to feelings and… …   Modern English usage

  • arouse — arouse; re·arouse; …   English syllables

  • arouse — [ə rouz′] vt. aroused, arousing [ A 2, intens. + ROUSE1] 1. to awaken, as from sleep 2. to stir, as to action or strong feeling 3. to evoke (some action or feeling); excite [to arouse pity] …   English World dictionary

  • arouse — index abet, agitate (activate), alert, bait (harass), discommode, disturb, elicit …   Law dictionary

  • arouse — ə rau̇z vt, aroused; arous·ing 1) to rouse or stimulate to action or to physiological readiness for activity <became sexually aroused> 2) to give rise to <a response aroused by a stimulus> …   Medical dictionary

  • arouse — (v.) 1590s, awaken (trans.), from A (Cf. a ) (1) on + ROUSE (Cf. rouse). Related: Aroused; arousing …   Etymology dictionary

  • arouse — rouse, awaken, waken, *stir, rally Analogous words: stimulate, quicken, galvanize, excite, *provoke: electrify, *thrill: kindle, fire (see LIGHT): *move, drive, impel Antonyms: quiet, calm Contrasted words: allay, assuage, alleviate, mitigate, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • arouse — [v] excite, entice agitate, alert, animate, awaken, call, challenge, electrify, enliven, fire up, foment, foster, goad, heat up, incite, inflame, instigate, kindle, move, provoke, rally, rouse, send, spark, spur, stimulate, stir, thrill, turn on …   New thesaurus

  • arouse — ► VERB 1) bring about (a feeling or response) in someone. 2) excite sexually. 3) awaken from sleep. DERIVATIVES arousal noun. ORIGIN from ROUSE(Cf. ↑rouse), on the pattern of rise, arise …   English terms dictionary

  • arouse — v. (D; tr.) to arouse from (to arouse smb. from a deep sleep) * * * [ə raʊz] (D; tr.) to arouse from (to arouse smb. from a deep sleep) …   Combinatory dictionary