arouse


arouse
[16] Shakespeare is the first writer on record to use arouse, in 2 Henry VI, 1593: ‘Loud howling wolves arouse the jades that drag the tragic melancholy night’. It was formed, with the intensive prefix a-, from rouse, a word of unknown origin which was first used in English in the 15th century as a technical term in falconry, meaning ‘plump up the feathers’. => ROUSE

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Arouse — A*rouse , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Aroused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Arousing}.] [Pref. a + rouse.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arouse — The relation of arouse to rouse is much like that of arise to rise, i.e. rouse is almost always preferred in the literal sense with a person or animal as object. Arouse is chiefly used to mean ‘to call into being’ with reference to feelings and… …   Modern English usage

  • arouse — arouse; re·arouse; …   English syllables

  • arouse — [ə rouz′] vt. aroused, arousing [ A 2, intens. + ROUSE1] 1. to awaken, as from sleep 2. to stir, as to action or strong feeling 3. to evoke (some action or feeling); excite [to arouse pity] …   English World dictionary

  • arouse — index abet, agitate (activate), alert, bait (harass), discommode, disturb, elicit …   Law dictionary

  • arouse — ə rau̇z vt, aroused; arous·ing 1) to rouse or stimulate to action or to physiological readiness for activity <became sexually aroused> 2) to give rise to <a response aroused by a stimulus> …   Medical dictionary

  • arouse — (v.) 1590s, awaken (trans.), from A (Cf. a ) (1) on + ROUSE (Cf. rouse). Related: Aroused; arousing …   Etymology dictionary

  • arouse — rouse, awaken, waken, *stir, rally Analogous words: stimulate, quicken, galvanize, excite, *provoke: electrify, *thrill: kindle, fire (see LIGHT): *move, drive, impel Antonyms: quiet, calm Contrasted words: allay, assuage, alleviate, mitigate, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • arouse — [v] excite, entice agitate, alert, animate, awaken, call, challenge, electrify, enliven, fire up, foment, foster, goad, heat up, incite, inflame, instigate, kindle, move, provoke, rally, rouse, send, spark, spur, stimulate, stir, thrill, turn on …   New thesaurus

  • arouse — ► VERB 1) bring about (a feeling or response) in someone. 2) excite sexually. 3) awaken from sleep. DERIVATIVES arousal noun. ORIGIN from ROUSE(Cf. ↑rouse), on the pattern of rise, arise …   English terms dictionary

  • arouse — v. (D; tr.) to arouse from (to arouse smb. from a deep sleep) * * * [ə raʊz] (D; tr.) to arouse from (to arouse smb. from a deep sleep) …   Combinatory dictionary