Definitions

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.
  • n.

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

Etymologies

From rouse, on the model of such pairs as rise, arise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
a- +‎ rouse. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Country Road, "or something equally simple, for I would not have the title arouse any appetite which the book itself could not satisfy.

    The Friendly Road: New Adventures in Contentment

  • Following the links as the descriptive page titles arouse your interest can keep you occupied for quite a while.

    Comparative Deaths in Television and Film

  • * By "arouse," I don't mean sexually, I am referring to Marvel and DC's ongoing use of "events" and "deaths" to arouse interest in SCSJ** instead of quality comic book storytelling that would attract a far wider audience.

    The ADD Blog at Comic Book Galaxy

  • He could "arouse" life in me, because he was so refreshing to be around.

    Yahoo! Sports - Top News

  • 'arouse' the millions of Nintendo's core gamers that also own Wiis and felt understandably uninspired by the announcement of the Vitality Sensor.

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  • The fact that there are 12,000,000 defectives in the US should arouse our best endeavors to push this procedure to the maximum.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • It helps explain why, in these hard times, she and her legacy arouse even more interest than they did in the boom era at the end of the 20th century.

    What Would The Iron Lady Do?

  • “The use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims may arouse sensitivity and create confusion among Muslims in the country,” Abdullah Mohd Zin said.

    Religion News Roundup — Islam: Music, Chess, and Sin

  • She is not the woman to arouse in me such uncontrolled desire that for gratification I would do one ill deed, or put the slightest hurt upon the least of human creatures.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Once, he tried to arouse himself from his lethargy, and went forward into the forecastle with the sailors.

    Chapter 46

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