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AROUSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does arouse mean? 

AROUSE (verb)
  The verb AROUSE has 7 senses:

1. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
2. stop sleeping
3. summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
4. cause to be alert and energetic
5. cause to become awake or conscious
6. to begin moving,
7. stimulate sexually

  Familiarity information: AROUSE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


AROUSE (verb)


Sense 1arouse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

provoke; evoke; elicit; arouse; enkindle; kindle; fire; raise

Context examples:

arouse pity / raise a smile / evoke sympathy

Hypernyms (to "arouse" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "arouse"):

interest (excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of)

overcome; overpower; overtake; overwhelm; sweep over; whelm (overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli)

bruise; hurt; injure; offend; spite; wound (hurt the feelings of)

shame (cause to be ashamed)

discomfit; discompose; disconcert; untune; upset (cause to lose one's composure)

anger (make angry)

excite (arouse or elicit a feeling)

excite; shake; shake up; stimulate; stir (stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of)

fire up; heat; ignite; inflame; stir up; wake (arouse or excite feelings and passions)

prick (to cause a sharp emotional pain)

infatuate (arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way)

rekindle (arouse again)

draw (elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.)

ask for; invite (increase the likelihood of)

strike a chord; touch a chord (evoke a reaction, response, or emotion)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2arouse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stop sleeping

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

awake; come alive; arouse; awaken; wake; wake up; waken

Context example:

She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock

Hypernyms (to "arouse" is one way to...):

change state; turn (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action)

"Arouse" entails doing...:

catch some Z's; kip; log Z's; sleep; slumber (be asleep)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 3arouse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

conjure up; call down; bring up; invoke; conjure; call forth; arouse; put forward; evoke; stir; raise

Context examples:

raise the specter of unemployment / he conjured wild birds in the air / call down the spirits from the mountain

Hypernyms (to "arouse" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "arouse"):

bless (give a benediction to)

anathemise; anathemize; bedamn; beshrew; curse; damn; imprecate; maledict (wish harm upon; invoke evil upon)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4arouse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be alert and energetic

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

energize; energise; perk up; brace; arouse; stimulate

Context examples:

Coffee and tea stimulate me / This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate

Hypernyms (to "arouse" is one way to...):

affect (act physically on; have an effect upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "arouse"):

cathect (inject with libidinal energy)

animate; quicken; reanimate; recreate; renovate; repair; revive; revivify; vivify (give new life or energy to)

invigorate; reinvigorate (impart vigor, strength, or vitality to)

animate; enliven; invigorate; liven; liven up (make lively)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 5arouse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to become awake or conscious

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

waken; wake up; awaken; rouse; wake; arouse

Context examples:

He was roused by the drunken men in the street / Please wake me at 6 AM.

Hypernyms (to "arouse" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "arouse"):

reawaken (awaken once again)

bring around; bring back; bring round; bring to (return to consciousness)

call (rouse somebody from sleep with a call)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 6arouse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To begin moving,

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

arouse; stir

Context example:

As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir

Hypernyms (to "arouse" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 7arouse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stimulate sexually

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

sex; wind up; excite; turn on; arouse

Context example:

This movie usually arouses the male audience

Hypernyms (to "arouse" is one way to...):

excite; shake; shake up; stimulate; stir (stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "arouse"):

tempt (try to seduce)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to arouse Sue


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