- 1(formal) to wake somebody up, especially when they are sleeping deeply rouse somebody from sleep/bed The telephone roused me from my sleep at 6 a.m. He came to the door, evidently just roused from his bed. rouse somebody Nicky roused her with a gentle nudge.
- 2to make somebody want to start doing something when they were not active or interested in doing it rouse somebody/yourself (to something) A lot of people were roused to action by the appeal. rouse somebody/yourself to do something Richard couldn't rouse himself to say anything in reply.
- 3rouse something (formal) to make somebody feel a particular emotion to rouse somebody’s anger What roused your suspicions (= what made you suspicious)? See related entries: Showing interest
- 4[usually passive] rouse somebody to make somebody angry, excited or full of emotion Chris is not easily roused. When roused, he has a cruel tongue. See related entries: Excitement see also arouse Word Origin late Middle English (originally as a hawking and hunting term): probably from Anglo-Norman French, of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples I was roused from a deep sleep by a hand on my shoulder. She ran forward, roused to anger. We finally managed to rouse her from her lethargy. We tried in vain to rouse him. What will it take to rouse the government to action?
BrE BrE//raʊz//; NAmE NAmE//raʊz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rouse
BrE BrE//raʊz//; NAmE NAmE//raʊz//he / she / it rouses
BrE BrE//ˈraʊzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈraʊzɪz//past simple roused
BrE BrE//raʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//raʊzd//past participle roused
BrE BrE//raʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//raʊzd//-ing form rousing
BrE BrE//ˈraʊzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈraʊzɪŋ//Excitement, Showing interest