arouse

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a- +‎ rouse.

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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. Chambers, chapter VIII, The Younger Set:
      “ 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, 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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