Definition of


  1. (verb, emotion) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
    raise a smile
    evoke sympathy
  2. (verb, body) stop sleeping
  3. (verb, creation) summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
    he conjured wild birds in the air
    call down the spirits from the mountain
  4. (verb, body) cause to be alert and energetic
    This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate
  5. (verb, body) cause to become awake or conscious
    Please wake me at 6 AM.
  6. (verb, motion) to begin moving,
  7. (verb, emotion) stimulate sexually

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Arouse

  1. 1590s, "awaken," from a- (1) "on" + rouse (q.v.). Related: Arousal (1854). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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