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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 excitement Sexual attractionAttractive rouseGrammar:Arouse or rouse?Rouse and arouse are both used in formal contexts. Arouse means ‘make someone have a particular feeling’: arousal     /əˈraʊ.zəl/ noun [U] a state of ( sexual ) arousal (= being sexually excited )Sexual attractionAttractive aroused     /əˈraʊzd/ sexually excited Sexual attractionAttractive
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