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English definition of “arouse”

arouse

verb [T]     /əˈraʊz/
C2 to cause someone to have a particular feeling: It's a subject that has aroused a lot of interest. Our suspicions were first aroused when we heard a muffled scream. → See also rouseInspiring feelings in others to cause someone to feel sexual excitementSexual attractionAttractive rouseGrammar:Arouse or rouse?Rouse and arouse are both used in formal contexts. Arouse means ‘make someone have a particular feeling’:See more arousal     /əˈraʊ.zəl/ noun [U] a state of (sexual) arousal (= being sexually excited)Sexual attractionAttractive aroused     /əˈraʊzd/ sexually excitedSexual attractionAttractive
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