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rouse

[ rouz ]SEE DEFINITION OF rouse
  • verbwake
  • verbstimulate, excite

Synonyms for rouse

  • arouse
  • awake
  • awaken
  • get up
  • stir
  • wake up
  • call
  • raise
  • rise
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Antonyms for rouse

  • calm
  • deaden
  • go to sleep
  • lull
  • decrease
  • drop
  • ignore
  • lessen
  • lower
  • stop
  • disenchant
  • dull
  • nap
  • sleep
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ROUSE

They'll take the telephone and rouse the towns all along the mountains.

If she could rouse herself to try to save that girl it would be the best thing she could do.

I would have sent you word, but I did not want to rouse you.

But Felicien had discovered one way in which he could rouse her, and he took advantage of it.

He was as a sportsman, for it would not do to rouse suspicion.

It needed no word from Latona herself to rouse her children to vengeance.

I wish I could rouse you, my good Frederick; you want to be roused.'

And so the most valiant efforts have failed to rouse it from its invincible slumber.

Finally the vision failed to paint itself, or did not rouse him, and he slept.

Marion tried to rouse him, telling him his mother should not come near him.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., intransitive probably from Anglo-French or Old French reuser, ruser, originally used in English of hawks shaking the feathers of the body, but like many hawking terms it is of obscure origin. Figurative meaning "to stir up, provoke to activity" is from 1580s; that of "awaken" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Roused; rousing.

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activate

verbinitiate something; start a function
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