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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Verb rouse has 4 senses


rousev. i. & t. [Perhaps the same word as rouse to start up, “buckle to.”].
     To pull or haul strongly and all together, as upon a rope, without the assistance of mechanical appliances.  [1913 Webster]
rousen. [Cf. D. roes drunkeness, icel. r, Sw. rus, G. rauchen, and also E. rouse, v.t., rush, v.i. Cf. Row a disturbance.].
  •  A bumper in honor of a toast or health.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A carousal; a festival; a drinking frolic.  [1913 Webster]
    "Fill the cup, and fill the can,
    Have a rouse before the morn.
    "  [1913 Webster]
rousev. t. [Probably of Scan. origin; cf. Sw. rusa to rush, Dan. ruse, AS. hreósan to fall, rush. Cf. Rush, v.].
  •  To cause to start from a covert or lurking place; as, to rouse a deer or other animal of the chase.  [1913 Webster]
    "Like wild boars late roused out of the brakes."  [1913 Webster]
    "Rouse the fleet hart, and cheer the opening hound."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To wake from sleep or repose; as, to rouse one early or suddenly.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To excite to lively thought or action from a state of idleness, languor, stupidity, or indifference; as, to rouse the faculties, passions, or emotions.  [1913 Webster]
    "To rouse up a people, the most phlegmatic of any in Christendom."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To put in motion; to stir up; to agitate.  [1913 Webster]
    "Blustering winds, which all night long
    Had roused the sea.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To raise; to make erect.  Spenser. Shak.  [1913 Webster]
rousev. i. 
  •  To get or start up; to rise.  [1913 Webster]
    "Night's black agents to their preys do rouse."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To awake from sleep or repose.  [1913 Webster]
    "Morpheus rouses from his bed."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To be exited to thought or action from a state of indolence or inattention.  [1913 Webster]


rouse, v.
1 a tr. (often foll. by from, out of) bring out of sleep, wake. b intr. (often foll. by up) cease to sleep, wake up.
2 (often foll. by up) a tr. stir up, make active or excited, startle out of inactivity or confidence or carelessness (roused them from their complacency; was roused to protest). b intr. become active.
3 tr. provoke to anger (is terrible when roused).
4 tr. evoke (feelings).
5 tr. (usu. foll. by in, out, up) Naut. haul vigorously.
6 tr. startle (game) from a lair or cover.
7 tr. stir (liquid, esp. beer while brewing).

rouse oneself overcome one's indolence.
rousable adj. rouser n.
orig. as a hawking and hunting term, so prob. f. AF: orig. unkn.



aggravate, animate, annoy, arise, arouse, awake, awaken, bestir, blow the coals, blow up, bring forth, bring out, bring to light, call, call forth, call out, call up, challenge, come alive, deduce, deepen, derive, drag out, draw forth, draw out, dynamize, educe, electrify, elicit, energize, enhance, enkindle, enliven, enrage, evoke, excite, exhilarate, fan, fan the fire, fan the flame, feed the fire, fire, fire up, flame, foment, frenzy, galvanize, get from, get out of, get up, goad, hearten, heat, heighten, impassion, incense, incite, induce, inflame, infuriate, inspirit, instigate, invigorate, jazz up, key up, kindle, knock up, lather up, light the fuse, light up, liven, madden, magnify, motivate, mount, move, obtain, overexcite, pep up, perk up, pique, procure, prod, prompt, provoke, quicken, raise, raise up, rally, redouble, rise, secure, set astir, set fire to, set on fire, shake up, snap up, steam up, stimulate, stir, stir the blood, stir the embers, stir the feelings, stir up, summon forth, summon up, turn on, vitalize, vivify, wake, wake up, waken, wangle, wangle out of, warm, warm the blood, whet, whip up, winkle out, work into, work up, worm out, worm out of, zip up




VB induce, move, draw, draw on, bring in its train, give an impulse, to, inspire, put up to, prompt, call up, attract, beckon, stimulate, spirit up, inspirit, rouse, arouse, animate, incite, foment, provoke, instigate, set on, actuate, act upon, work upon, operate upon, encourage, pat on the back, pat on the shoulder, clap on the back, clap on the shoulder, influence, weigh with, bias, sway, incline, dispose, predispose, turn the scale, inoculate, lead by the nose, have influence with, have influence over, have influence upon, exercise influence with, exercise influence over, exercise influence upon, go round, come round one, turn the head, magnetize, lobby, persuade, prevail with, prevail upon, overcome, carry, bring round to one's senses, bring to one's senses, draw over, win over, gain over, come over, talk over, procure, enlist, engage, invite, court, tempt, seduce, overpersuade, entice, allure, captivate, fascinate, bewitch, carry away, charm, conciliate, wheedle, coax, lure, inveigle, tantalize, cajole, tamper with, bribe, suborn, grease the palm, bait with a silver hook, gild the pill, make things pleasant, put a sop into the pan, throw a sop to, bait the hook, enforce, force, impel, propel, whip, lash, goad, spur, prick, urge, egg on, hound, hurry on, drag, exhort, advise, call upon, press, advocate, set an example, set the fashion, keep in countenance, be persuaded, yield to temptation, come round, concede, obey a call, follow advice, follow the bent, follow the dictates of, act on principle.


VB excite, affect, touch, move, impress, strike, interest, animate, inspire, impassion, smite, infect, stir the blood, fire the blood, warm the blood, set astir, wake, awake, awaken, call forth, evoke, provoke, raise up, summon up, call up, wake up, blow up, get up, light up, raise, get up the steam, rouse, arouse, stir, fire, kindle, enkindle, apply the torch, set on fire, inflame, stimulate, exsuscitate, inspirit, spirit up, stir up, work up, pique, infuse life into, give new life to, bring new blood, introduce new blood, quicken, sharpen, whet, work upon, hurry on, give a fillip, put on one's mettle, fan the fire, fan the flame, blow the coals, stir the embers, fan into a flame, foster, heat, warm, foment, raise to a fever heat, keep up, keep the pot boiling, revive, rekindle, rake up, rip up, stir the feelings, play on the feelings, come home to the feelings, touch a string, touch a chord, touch the soul, touch the heart, go to one's heart, penetrate, pierce, go through one, touch to the quick, possess the soul, pervade the soul, penetrate the soul, imbrue the soul, absorb the soul, affect the soul, disturb the soul, absorb, rivet the attention, sink into the mind, sink into the heart, prey on the mind, distract, intoxicate, overwhelm, overpower, bouleverser, upset, turn one's head, fascinate, enrapture, agitate, perturb, ruffle, fluster, shake, disturb, startle, shock, stagger, give one a shock, give one a turn, strike all of a heap, stun, astound, electrify, galvanize, petrify, irritate, sting, cut to the heart, cut to the quick, try one's temper, fool to the top of one's bent, pique, infuriate, madden, make one's blood boil, lash into fury, be excited, flush up, flare up, catch the infection, thrill, mantle, work oneself up, seethe, boil, simmer, foam, fume, flame, rage, rave, run mad.

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