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a- +‎ rouse.



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

  1. To stimulate feelings.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 8, The Younger Set[1]:
      “ 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 ; … ”
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 5, Lord Stranleigh Abroad[2]:
      She removed Stranleigh’s coat with a dexterity that aroused his imagination.
    • The new building proposals in the village are arousing unneeded discomfort.
    to arouse compassion
    to arouse jealousy
    to arouse anger
  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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