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- 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 William Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
- “ 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; […].”
- To sexually stimulate.
- I can't keep my eyes off the dancer; she arouses me greatly.
- (euphemistic) To cause an erection of the penis or other physical signs of sexual arousal, such as fluid secretion.
- I can't wear wool underwear: it tends to arouse me at inappropriate times.
- To wake from sleep or stupor.
- She was snoring and nothing would arouse her.
to stimulate feelings
to sexually stimulate