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Dictionary definition for: Arouse

1. (v) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) "arouse pity" "raise a smile" "evoke sympathy"

2. (v) stop sleeping; "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"

3. (v) 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"

4. (v) cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me" "This herbal infusion doesn''t stimulate"

5. (v) cause to become awake or conscious; "He was roused by the drunken men in the street" "Please wake me at 6 AM."

6. (v) to begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir"

7. (v) stimulate sexually; "This movie usually arouses the male audience"

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