Meaning of “arouse” in the English Dictionary

"arouse" in British English

See all translations

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

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

See all translations

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)