AskDefine | Define arouse

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1 call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy" [syn: elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke]
2 stop sleeping; "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock" [syn: wake up, awake, awaken, wake, come alive, waken] [ant: fall asleep]
3 evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "stir a disturbance"; "call down the spirits from the mountain" [syn: raise, conjure, conjure up, invoke, evoke, stir, call down, bring up, put forward, call forth]
4 cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate" [syn: stimulate, brace, energize, energise, perk up] [ant: de-energize, de-energize, sedate]
5 cause to become awake or conscious; "He was roused by the drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM." [syn: awaken, wake, waken, rouse, wake up] [ant: cause to sleep]
6 to begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir" [syn: stir]
7 stimulate sexually; "This movie usually arouses the male audience" [syn: sex, excite, turn on, wind up]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To stimulate feelings.
    The new building proposals in the village are arousing unneeded discomfort.
  2. To sexually stimulate
    I can't keep my eyes off the dancer, she arouses me greatly.

See also


to stimulate feelings
  • Portuguese: provocar
to sexually stimulate
  • Portuguese: provocar

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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