verb (used with object), a·roused, a·rous·ing.
- to stir to action or strong response; excite: to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion.
- to stimulate sexually.
- to awaken; wake up: The footsteps aroused the dog.
verb (used without object), a·roused, a·rous·ing.
- to awake or become aroused: At dawn the farmers began to arouse.
- (tr) to evoke or elicit (a reaction, emotion, or response); stimulate
- to awaken from sleep
v.1590s, “awaken” (transitive), from a- (1) “on” + rouse. Related: Aroused; arousing.