1. [ verb ] call forth; of emotions, feelings, and responses
Synonyms: evoke elicit provoke fire raise kindle enkindle

"arouse pity" "raise a smile" "evoke sympathy"

Related terms: make excite overwhelm invite draw interest stimulate hurt upset anger inflame strike_a_chord infatuate rekindle shame prick arousal incitement
2. [ verb ] stop sleeping
Synonyms: awaken wake_up awake wake come_alive waken

"She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"

Related terms: fall_asleep change_state awakening arousal sleep
3. [ verb ] evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic
Synonyms: raise invoke conjure_up bring_up stir call_forth evoke put_forward call_down conjure

: "raise the specter of unemployment" "he conjured wild birds in the air" "stir a disturbance" "call down the spirits from the mountain"

Related terms: make curse bless provoke magician incantation conjuring
4. [ verb ] cause to become awake or conscious
Synonyms: wake_up awaken wake rouse waken

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

Related terms: cause_to_sleep change bring_to reawaken call awakening arouser
5. [ verb ] cause to be alert and energetic
Synonyms: stimulate energize energise perk_up brace

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

Related terms: sedate de-energize affect animate enliven enliven invigorate cathect energy push stimulant energy energizing animator bracer
6. [ verb ] to begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir"
Synonyms: stir
Related terms: move
7. [ verb ] (sexuality) stimulate sexually
Synonyms: wind_up excite turn_on sex

"This movie usually arouses the male audience"

Related terms: stimulate tempt turn-on
Similar spelling:   ariose