• WordNet 3.6
    • v arouse stop sleeping "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"
    • v arouse cause to become awake or conscious "He was roused by the drunken men in the street","Please wake me at 6 AM."
    • v arouse cause to be alert and energetic "Coffee and tea stimulate me","This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
    • v arouse summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic "raise the specter of unemployment","he conjured wild birds in the air","call down the spirits from the mountain"
    • v arouse call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) "arouse pity","raise a smile","evoke sympathy"
    • v arouse stimulate sexually "This movie usually arouses the male audience"
    • v arouse to begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies have shown that men become sexually aroused nearly every time they dream.
    • v. t Arouse To excite to action from a state of rest; to stir, or put in motion or exertion; to rouse; to excite; as, to arouse one from sleep; to arouse the dormant faculties. "Grasping his spear, forth issued to arouse His brother, mighty sovereign on the host.""No suspicion was aroused ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, is an herb with nepetalactone in it. Many think that when cats inhale nepetalactone, it affects hormones that arouse sexual feelings, or at least alter their brain functioning to make them feel "high." Catnip was originally made, using nepetalactone as a natural bug repellant, but roaming cats would rip up the plants before they could be put to their intended task.
    • arouse To excite into action; stir or put in motion or exertion; awaken: as, to arouse attention; to arouse one from sleep; to arouse dormant faculties.
    • arouse Synonyms To rouse, wake up, awaken, animate, incite, stimulate, kindle, warm.
    • n arouse The act of arousing; an alarm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Arouse a-rowz′ same as Rouse
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  • David O. Mckay
    David O. Mckay
    “Anger itself does more harm than the condition which aroused anger.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses.”
  • Fawn M. Brodie
    Fawn M. Brodie
    “Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.”
  • Dogen
    “Do not arouse disdainful mind when you prepare a broth of wild grasses; do not arouse joyful mind when you prepare a fine cream soup.”
  • Iris Murdoch
    “Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.”
  • Camille Paglia
    “If you live in rock and roll, as I do, you see the reality of sex, of male lust and women being aroused by male lust. It attracts women. It doesn't repel them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-, + rouse,


In literature:

On her face there was an expression of naivete that may be harmless in itself, but it was enough to arouse suspicion.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The romance in the young man's nature was aroused.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
And now was done a deed which has aroused the execrations of mankind in all later ages.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
She slept better this second night, and was not quite so startled the next morning when the remorseless gong aroused her from slumber.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
Small wonder that the coming event aroused no ordinary speculation.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
At dawn she stole out of the teepee without arousing anybody, and set forth down the river in her dugout alone.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
She might as well be a rose-bush for all the passion she'd ever arouse in me.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
Money aroused in him a smiling optimism.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
But I warn you that I shall not yield without a struggle that will arouse the whole hotel.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
It aroused all the innate fury within him.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild

In poetry:

His matches in thousands of houses!—
Some eve from his factory
He'll see how thanksgiving arouses
The land, and its love flames free.
"Hamar-Made Matches" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Then, half aroused, ere yet Sleep's mist
From the mind's uplands furl away,
To the familiar sound I list,
Disputed for by Night and Day.
"Fact Or Fancy?" by James Russell Lowell
His matches in thousands of houses,
In great and in small as well!—
The light that thanksgiving arouses
Shall scatter the darkness fell.
"Hamar-Made Matches" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
O! cease, thou horrid trump of war,
With brazen clangor loudly blaring,
Arousing all the soul of man
To deeds of blood and hostile daring.
"Retrospect of Song" by Janet Hamilton
Beat reveille, and with a blast
Arouse all men to valiant strife.
Waken the world; and then, at last,
March on.... That is the whole of life.
"Doctrine" by Heinrich Heine
And carry up the echo there that shall
Arouse the drowsy dog, that he may bay
The household out to greet the prodigal
That wanders home to-day.
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

To underestimate him and his role is to risk underestimating the depth of Serb passion aroused by the war and the complexity of making peace.
The symptoms include hypersensitivity and sometimes pain in the genital area, but the main symptom of Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder is spontaneous orgasms .
Arouse your summer senses with Le Palais des Thés' latest creation, Thé du Hammam.
This tight little dessert will arouse any set of sweet teeth.
She felt constantly aroused, often with no stimulation at all.
When women are aroused, they overlook certain "disgust elicitors" associated with sex, enabling them to go ahead with the deed, according to a paper published by Dutch clinical psychologists.
Sexual Arousal Staves off Disgust.
AMONG a small group of very smart people, the publication of "A New Kind of Science," by Stephen Wolfram, has been anticipated with the anxiety aroused in literary circles by, say, Jonathan Franzen's recent novel, "The Corrections".
Whatever the mood requirement of a particular scene, be that suspense , fear, horror, pity, disgust or arousal, they get it done.
The Little Free Library on St Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights aroused the curiosity of Elinor and Evan Bither.
It was too enigmatic to arouse much popular support, and political opposition forced its champions underground.
Globally, feminism has already developed in this field over the past few decades, but this branch of feminism , present for only a few years in Poland, arouses controversy.
Lady Gaga has aroused controversy abroad.
Different forms of sexual fantasy may have a real impact on arousal and desire, particularly for women, a new study shows.
There is a middle school in Oregon that has banned hugs , because some of the girls were using them to get the boys aroused…….remember, this ones not funny.

In science:

FBBP;b is the Baik-Ben Arous-P´ech´e distribution from spiked random matrix theory (see Definition 1.6).
Free energy fluctuations for directed polymers in random media in 1+1 dimension
The purpose of this short note is to present this novel view, which may be clarifying for, and perhaps arouse interest of, the mathematical community.
Trapped submanifolds in Lorentzian geometry
Questions aroused two and half millennium ago and scrutinized many times are still not exhausted.
Zeno meets modern science
We would like to mention that this procedure arouses another kind of approximation that might also be of some value, since it has a simpler prescription.
Huygens-Fresnel Principle in Superspace
Ben Arous, Aging and spin-glass dynamics, Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians, Vol.
Dynamics of trap models