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[uh-rouz] /əˈraʊz/

verb (used with object), aroused, arousing.
to stir to action or strong response; excite:
to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion.
to stimulate sexually.
to awaken; wake up:
The footsteps aroused the dog.
verb (used without object), aroused, arousing.
to awake or become aroused:
At dawn the farmers began to arouse.
(transitive) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
to awaken from sleep

1590s, “awaken” (transitive), from a- (1) “on” + rouse. Related: Aroused; arousing.


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