arouse

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 arouse — arouse; re·arouse; …

    English syllables

  • 4 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 6 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

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 arouse — arousability, n. arousable, adj. arousal /euh row zeuhl/, n. arouser, n. /euh rowz /, v., aroused, arousing. v.t. 1. to stir to action or strong response; excite: to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion. 2. to stimulate sexually. 3. to awaken;… …

    Universalium

  • 13 arouse — a|rouse [əˈrauz] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: rouse] 1.) arouse interest/expectations etc to make you become interested, expect something etc ▪ Matt s behavior was arousing the interest of the neighbors. 2.) arouse… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 arouse */*/ — UK [əˈraʊz] / US verb [transitive] Word forms arouse : present tense I/you/we/they arouse he/she/it arouses present participle arousing past tense aroused past participle aroused 1) a) to cause an emotion or attitude These rumours have aroused… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 arouse — [16] Shakespeare is the first writer on record to use arouse, in 2 Henry VI, 1593: ‘Loud howling wolves arouse the jades that drag the tragic melancholy night’. It was formed, with the intensive prefix a , from rouse, a word of unknown origin… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 arouse — verb (T) 1 arouse interest/expectations etc to make you become interested, expect something etc: Matt s behavior was arousing the interest of the neighbors. 2 arouse anger/fear/dislike etc to make someone feel very angry, afraid etc 3 to make… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 arouse — a•rouse [[t]əˈraʊz[/t]] v. a•roused, a•rous•ing 1) to stir to action or strong response; excite: to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion[/ex] 2) to stimulate sexually 3) to awaken; wake up 4) to become awake or aroused • Etymology: 1585–95; a… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 arouse — [16] Shakespeare is the first writer on record to use arouse, in 2 Henry VI, 1593: ‘Loud howling wolves arouse the jades that drag the tragic melancholy night’. It was formed, with the intensive prefix a , from rouse, a word of unknown origin… …

    Word origins

  • 19 arouse — verb Arouse is used with these nouns as the object: ↑anger, ↑animosity, ↑antagonism, ↑anxiety, ↑concern, ↑conscience, ↑controversy, ↑curiosity, ↑desire, ↑emotion, ↑enthusiasm, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 arouse — a|rouse [ ə rauz ] verb transitive ** to cause an emotion or attitude: These rumors have aroused intense interest among investors. a controversial plan that is sure to arouse strong opposition a. to make someone feel sexually excited b. MAINLY… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English