- 1arouse something to make somebody have a particular feeling or attitude to arouse somebody’s interest/curiosity/anger Her strange behaviour aroused our suspicions. Fox hunting still succeeds in arousing a great deal of controversy.
- 2arouse somebody to make somebody feel sexually excited synonym excite
- 3arouse somebody to make you feel more active and want to start doing something The whole community was aroused by the crime.
- 4arouse somebody (from something) (formal) to wake somebody from sleep see also rouse Word Origin late 16th cent.: from rouse, on the pattern of the pair of rise, arise.Extra examples The announcement aroused considerable anxiety. The book aroused a lot of adverse criticism. The debate aroused strong feelings on both sides. The event aroused considerable interest and media coverage. The issue succeeds in arousing a great deal of controversy.
BrE BrE//əˈraʊz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraʊz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they arouse
BrE BrE//əˈraʊz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraʊz//he / she / it arouses
BrE BrE//əˈraʊzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraʊzɪz//past simple aroused
BrE BrE//əˈraʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraʊzd//past participle aroused
BrE BrE//əˈraʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraʊzd//-ing form arousing
BrE BrE//əˈraʊzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraʊzɪŋ//