Definition Of arouse


awaken (someone) from sleep.

she had been aroused by the telephone

evoke or awaken (a feeling, emotion, or response).

something about the man aroused the guard's suspicions

Example Of arouse

  • A continued litany from speeches in the House to churches in their districts aroused the inner-city residents to come to the aid of a country founded by slaves.

  • A Northwestern University study found that both gay and heterosexual women are aroused by girl-on-girl erotica.

  • Acts of this sort arouse every cultured person and no haziness or lack of clarity can excuse them.

  • After doing so she brushed her teeth, and then attempted to arouse her siblings from sleep.

  • an ability to influence the audience and to arouse the masses

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