Meaning of “arouse” in the English Dictionary

"arouse" in British English

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arouseverb [ T ]

uk /əˈraʊz/ us /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

to cause someone to feel sexual excitement

More examples

  • Something he said as he was leaving really aroused my curiosity.
  • Football arouses a good deal of passion among its supporters.
  • The sight of people suffering arouses a deep sense of injustice in her.
  • His strange behaviour aroused his neighbours' suspicions.
  • The programme aroused strong feelings, as you can see by the number of letters received.
arousal
noun [ U ] uk /əˈraʊ.zəl/ us /əˈraʊ.zəl/

a state of (sexual) arousal (= being sexually excited)
aroused
uk /əˈraʊzd/ us /əˈraʊzd/

(Definition of “arouse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"arouse" in American English

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arouseverb [ T ]

us /əˈrɑʊz/

to cause someone to have a particular feeling:

He works hard to arouse his studentscuriosity.

(Definition of “arouse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)