Definition of arouse in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈraʊz


[with object]
  • 2Awaken (someone) from sleep: she had been aroused from deep slumber
    More example sentences
    • This had probably been done with the view of arousing me from sleep.
    • One evening, after the household had gone to sleep, Jane was aroused by the smell of smoke - to find Mr. Rochester's bed on fire.
    • On admission to the PACU, Mrs L's vital signs were stable, and she was aroused from sleep easily.
    wake, wake up, waken, awaken, bring to, bring around, rouse
    British informal knock up



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  • Use of lower doses may facilitate a patient being more arousable, but may provide less consistent sedation and a greater chance for movement during selected procedures.
  • Physical examination revealed a febrile, obtunded female, arousable to painful stimuli with no Babinski or Hoffmann signs.
  • She remained arousable, and her hyperventilation gradually resolved within 1 week, enabling complete withdrawal of all respiratory suppressants.


late 16th century: from rouse, on the pattern of the pair of rise, arise.

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