from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To awaken from or as if from sleep.
- transitive v. To stir up; excite: The odd sight aroused our curiosity. See Synonyms at provoke.
- transitive v. To stimulate sexual desire in.
- intransitive v. To be or become aroused.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To stimulate feelings.
- v. To sexually stimulate.
- v. To wake from sleep or stupor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To excite to action from a state of rest; to stir, or put in motion or exertion; to rouse; to excite
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To excite into action; stir or put in motion or exertion; awaken: as, to arouse attention; to arouse one from sleep; to arouse dormant faculties.
- Synonyms To rouse, wake up, awaken, animate, incite, stimulate, kindle, warm.
- n. The act of arousing; an alarm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
- v. cause to be alert and energetic
- v. stimulate sexually
- v. cause to become awake or conscious
- v. summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
- v. to begin moving,
- v. stop sleeping
From rouse, on the model of such pairs as rise, arise.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
a- + rouse. (Wiktionary)