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Definition of arouse verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they arouse
    he / she / it arouses
    past simple aroused
    -ing form arousing
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  1. 1arouse something to make someone have a particular feeling or attitude to arouse someone's interest/curiosity/anger Her strange behavior aroused our suspicions. Hunting still succeeds in arousing a great deal of controversy.
  2. 2arouse somebody to make someone 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 someone from sleep see also rouse
noun [uncountable] emotional/sexual arousal
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