Pronunciation: (u-rouz'), [key]
—v., a•roused, a•rous•ing.
1. to stir to action or strong response; excite: to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion.
2. to stimulate sexually.
3. to awaken; wake up: The footsteps aroused the dog.
to awake or become aroused: At dawn the farmers began to arouse.
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