Verb arouse Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


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

  1. To stimulate feelings.
  2. To sexually stimulate.
  3. To wake from sleep or stupor.

More definition: stir to action or strong response; excite, to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion. stimulate sexually. awaken; wake up, The footsteps aroused the dog. awake or become aroused, At dawn the farmers began to arouse.

1. (transitive) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate

2. to awaken from sleep Derived Formsarousal, nounarouser, nounCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1590s, "awaken" (transitive), from a- (1) "on" + rouse. Related, Aroused; arousing.


He was merely feeling lonely tonight and kissing would only arouse him.

A warm touch began to arouse Dean.

Any time Alex put someone else in charge, it was bound to arouse suspicion.

The legend of an imprisoned pope, subject to every whim of his gaolers, had nevet- failed to arouse the pity and loosen the purse-strings of the faithful; dangerous innovators and would-be reformers within the church could be compelled to bow before the symbol of the temporal power, and their spirit of submission tested by their readiness to forgo the realization of their aims until the head of the church should be restored to his rightful domain.

Charged with being "a Northern man with Southern principles," he was frequently interrogated during the campaign, and his nomination obviously failed to arouse enthusiasm or even inspire confidence.

This suggestion came from the curia, not the elector, whose representatives could not suppress the fear that the plan would arouse opposition and perhaps worse.

He was aghast at his hesitation and, trying to arouse his former devotional feeling, prostrated himself before the Gates of the Temple.

Much that they remembered had slipped from her mind, and what she recalled did not arouse the same poetic feeling as they experienced.

In this letter, availing himself of permission given him by the Emperor to discuss the general course of affairs, he respectfully suggested--on the plea that it was necessary for the sovereign to arouse a warlike spirit in the people of the capital--that the Emperor should leave the army.

Bennigsen, the Tsarevich, and a swarm of adjutants general remained with the army to keep the commander-in-chief under observation and arouse his energy, and Barclay, feeling less free than ever under the observation of all these "eyes of the Emperor," became still more cautious of undertaking any decisive action and avoided giving battle.

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