Etymology
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arouse (v.)

1590s, "awaken, stir to action" (transitive), from a- (1) "on" + rouse. Related: Aroused; arousing.

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Definitions of arouse

arouse (v.)
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses);
arouse pity
Synonyms: elicit / enkindle / kindle / evoke / fire / raise / provoke
arouse (v.)
stop sleeping;
Synonyms: wake up / awake / awaken / wake / come alive / waken
arouse (v.)
summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic;
Synonyms: raise / conjure / conjure up / invoke / evoke / stir / call down / bring up / put forward / call forth
arouse (v.)
cause to be alert and energetic;
Synonyms: stimulate / brace / energize / energise / perk up
arouse (v.)
to begin moving;
Synonyms: stir
arouse (v.)
stimulate sexually;
This movie usually arouses the male audience
Synonyms: sex / excite / turn on / wind up
arouse (v.)
cause to become awake or conscious;
Synonyms: awaken / wake / waken / rouse / wake up
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