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verb [transitive] rouse pronunciation in American English /raʊz/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrouse
he/she/itrouses
present participlerousing
past tenseroused
past participleroused
  1. 1
    formal to wake someone up

    He was fast asleep and could not be roused.

  2. 2
    to make someone become active, especially when they are tired, lazy, or unwilling to do something

    He roused the crowd to stand up and fight back.

    rouse yourself:

    After a few more minutes in the sun, she roused herself and went in.

  3. 3
    to produce an emotion or feeling in someone

    Passions were roused and threatened to boil over into violence.

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