Definition of arouse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    arouse

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 2arouse somebody to make somebody feel sexually excited synonym excite
  3. 3arouse somebody to make you feel more active and want to start doing something The whole community was aroused by the crime.
  4. 4arouse somebody (from something) (formal) to wake somebody from sleep
  5. 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.
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