Definition of rouse in English:

rouse

verb

[with object]
  • 1Cause to stop sleeping.

    ‘she was roused from a deep sleep by a hand on her shoulder’
    • ‘His blonde hair was still wet from the shower, so he shook cold droplets off onto Abbey's stomach, which immediately roused her from sleep.’
    • ‘Max called, rousing Miguel from the light sleep he had fallen into.’
    • ‘On the other side of him, men, women, and children were rousing themselves from sleep and moving sluggishly to the fire to get warm.’
    • ‘When we visited his house, a national monument from the nineteenth century, the docent who let us in seemed to have been roused from a nap.’
    • ‘She didn't know what had roused her from her sleep, and she sat in bed thinking for a moment.’
    • ‘A weak cry roused her just as she was nodding off to sleep.’
    • ‘The morning's first rays of sunlight flooded the tiny tower room, rousing Callista from her sleep.’
    • ‘The thick windows distorted the rays of the morning sun, but the light was still enough to rouse Jantha from her sleep.’
    • ‘Haskell, who has been sleeping in the front passenger's seat, cannot be roused and seems to be dead or at least unconscious.’
    • ‘Joe was roused from his sleep by Azara promptly jumping on the bed and pulling on his arm.’
    • ‘Just about that time Jon emerged from the house bare foot and looking much like he had just been roused from sleep.’
    • ‘The deafening echo of gunfire roused Lourdes from her sleep.’
    • ‘A shaft of light moved across my eyes, rousing me from deep slumber.’
    • ‘And the cat glared back, plainly annoyed at being roused from its sound sleep.’
    • ‘A soft knock on the door barely roused Alex from his deep sleep.’
    • ‘Nick was roused from sleep with a jolt, his beeper sounding loudly next to him.’
    • ‘Ralph tries to rouse her out of her deep sleep, but the doctors tell him it would take a miracle to wake her.’
    • ‘There, I roused Elroth and Rain, leading them both out.’
    • ‘‘Mmm, no,’ I protested to whoever was shaking my shoulder gently, trying to rouse me from sleep.’
    • ‘What sounded like a stampede of wild rhinoceroses roused her from her sleep.’
    wake, wake up, awaken, waken, arouse
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    1. 1.1no object Cease to sleep or to be inactive; wake up.
      ‘she roused and looked around’
      • ‘When he rouses, she explains the whole situation to him, her actions, and about the fire.’
      • ‘Her soldiers were sleeping and few were even rousing.’
      • ‘Lily found him asleep, but he roused when she came in.’
      • ‘As he slowly stood up, Jeremy roused from his sleep.’
      • ‘Isabella roused from sleep what seemed like an eternity later, disturbed by something she could not identify.’
      • ‘He smiled wryly as she roused, and tried to struggle.’
      • ‘As Jamie secured the last of the bandages, Cale finally roused.’
      • ‘Miguel stirred and roused from sleep as the sound of footsteps echoed in the room and the lights came on.’
      • ‘Harry wakes up weary, but rouses quickly and showers, resigned to being late for the day's meetings.’
      • ‘I roused from the sleep one of them had put me in and I immediately got up out of the silky sheets.’
      • ‘Bryan was sure it was after noon when he roused from sleep, or close to it.’
      • ‘He set his equipment beside the campfire, patted Tyler's head enough to make him just start to rouse, then flashed a wicked grin before moving to the shadows.’
      • ‘The men roused from their sleep and prepared for battle in the early hours of the morning.’
      • ‘As I roused from sleep again, my back stinging from sleeping on the floor, I heard footsteps on the stairs.’
      • ‘I wasn't sure if I was still dreaming or not, but as I slowly roused from the first peaceful slumber I'd had in a week, I felt a gentle hand caressing my hair.’
      • ‘He still hadn't roused from his sleep, and she was getting worried.’
      • ‘Ryan roused as the sun beamed blearily through the gathered clouds over him, light in the early hours of dawn.’
      • ‘When they roused in the morning, Cecilia had 15 angry messages on her cell phone.’
      • ‘He waited a few minutes to make sure his son didn't rouse then moved the book so that it lay on the bed beside him, within easy reach of Adam's hand.’
      • ‘He roused from his sleep, being perfectly attentive the moment his eyes opened.’
      wake up, wake, awaken, come to, get up, get out of bed, rise, bestir oneself
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    2. 1.2 Bring out of inactivity.
      ‘once the enemy camp was roused, they would move on the castle’
      ‘she'd just stay a few more minutes, then rouse herself and go back’
      • ‘He walked out and Mary was left standing, deep in thought, until Bertha's voice roused her. ‘Well I never!’’
      • ‘It is this deception which rouses and keeps in continual motion the industry of mankind.’
      • ‘‘I will kill him if you keep rousing his will to fight,’ the deep voice said.’
      • ‘Here he did the opposite, focusing and rousing his inner might until his eyes sparked like chill candles and cast a faint glare before him.’
      • ‘The racket was tremendous, and eventually caused Mara to rouse himself from study and look over the rails just as a fifty-foot high pillar roared past and set the sky alight with Imperial flame.’
      • ‘The teacher rouses up from her state of total oblivion.’
      • ‘Philosophy exists ‘to rouse, to startle the human spirit to a life of constant and eager observation.’’
      • ‘Carl heard these words from far away and though they conferred on him a feeling of complete despair they roused him briefly from his speechless stupor.’
      • ‘Occasionally, events roused the deaf community to take political action, and these occasions provide the most interesting parts of the book.’
      • ‘A quick knock on the door roused him from his deliberations, and he called out an invitation without checking the identity of the visitor.’
      • ‘Any ruler who wishes to attain his noblest ends must rouse himself to follow the dictates of virtue in all his public acts.’
      • ‘Kara tried unsuccessfully to rouse herself from her stupor.’
      • ‘A knock on the door roused me from my seat a moment later, and I was more than a little reluctant to answer it.’
      • ‘I merely wish to get up and to rouse myself, so as to think that I am still master of myself.’
      • ‘Laertes's certitude reminds me of one moment in which Hamlet tries to rouse himself to a similar passion.’
      • ‘‘We should go to them, Klessa,’ he said, rousing me from my admiration of the knife's blade in the sunlight.’
      • ‘Brianna's thoughts were interrupted as a knock at the door roused her.’
      • ‘After half an hour or so a sexton will bustle in to prepare for Mass, and Nora will rouse herself and peek outside.’
      • ‘Flinching as he roused himself from his musings, he looked around, ‘Huh?’’
      • ‘Knock, knock, knock… the sound roused me from a world full of numbers and accounts.’
    3. 1.3 Startle (game) from a lair or cover.
  • 2Make angry or excited.

    ‘the crowds were roused to fever pitch by the drama of the race’
    • ‘They were most easily roused in defence of their own honour and jurisdiction, quarrelling with rival law courts, the clergy, and any other institution brave enough to risk their wrath.’
    • ‘Whether any of his American peers will be roused to diss him back at this point seems rather unlikely though.’
    • ‘We quarrelled, like any couple in love and we both had terrible tempers when we were roused.’
    • ‘Kate took after her mother: both were roused to argue easily, but quickly found their anger cooling.’
    • ‘Roused to frenzy by the loss of his queen, the king goes in pursuit, belabouring whomsoever he finds and meeting with mortifying adventures.’
    • ‘I can't envision this milquetoast rousing a crowd of people, much less as the firebrand leader of a band of rebellious anarchists.’
    • ‘Why is a huge crowd roused to frenzy by a football match?’
    • ‘I wasn't roused by the show, and thought, as I've said, that the repeat episode was far edgier than the newer iteration.’
    • ‘Above all, they had been roused to anger by a recent decision of the Court to nationalize the railways.’
    • ‘Since the report was written by a captain who had been roused to fits of hysterical rage by Bayley's ineptitude, some serious editing had been performed.’
    • ‘Folk tunes rest easy in a sharp, modern arrangement that rouses and quiets with equal success.’
    stir up, excite, galvanize, electrify, stimulate, inspire, move, fire up, fire the enthusiasm of, fire the imagination of, get going, whip up, inflame, agitate, goad, provoke
    provoke, annoy, anger, make angry, infuriate, send into a rage, madden, incense, vex, irk, work up, exasperate
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    1. 2.1 Give rise to (an emotion or feeling)
      ‘his evasiveness roused my curiosity’
      • ‘On my return to England I made two attempts to rouse interest in the book.’
      • ‘He was usually slow to anger but once his wrath was roused he made a dangerous enemy.’
      • ‘Mistress Di, her curiosity roused, determined to discover the mysterious nature of their voyage.’
      • ‘As that most acute of self-chroniclers, Henri-Frederic Amiel, put it, ‘the universe seriously studied rouses one's terror’.’
      • ‘‘I just hope she does not rouse the anger of those on board Starline,’ muttered Arzenes.’
      • ‘At least it rouses some sort of emotion in me: anger, jealousy, the desire to hurl things.’
      • ‘‘Of course not,’ she replied, her curiosity roused by his accent.’
      • ‘Our daredevil ambitions are never so roused as when we're our own audience.’
      • ‘Randon's eyes were glowing eagerly, hope roused within him that they might go to the aid of Falgrice's people after all.’
      • ‘‘Revenge and death,’ he muttered, trying to rouse anger to replace the sudden fear that coiled in his belly.’
      • ‘The very sight of her roused such fond, nervous emotions and reassurance in him that he himself could hardly make sense of them.’
      • ‘He was silent for some moments, and felt his hackles stir at the dread her words roused.’
      • ‘From her comb, Oskar saw she had blond hair that had begun to fall out; this image roused feelings of love in Oskar.’
      • ‘In the worst period of my depression, I had read through the whole of Byron to try whether a poet could rouse any feeling in me.’
      • ‘Matt's initial anger began to melt away as his curiosity was roused.’
      • ‘Instead of rousing the readers' emotions by overt descriptions of violence, Visalam's novel concentrates more on the background to that violence.’
      • ‘When a poem becomes aggressive, it rouses an excitement in us, in part because we see that someone has broken their social shackles.’
      • ‘This stimulation of thoughts about music can rouse those inner feelings which make perception in performance a growing and creative element.’
      • ‘Saving a bet is neither dramatic, nor ego satisfying, nor likely to rouse the envy of your peers and adversaries, but it's spendable cash.’
      • ‘By the time she reached the bedroom door her alarm and curiosity were roused.’
      arouse, awaken, give rise to, prompt, provoke, stimulate, pique, stir up, trigger, spark off, touch off, kindle, elicit
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  • 3Stir (a liquid, especially beer while brewing)

    ‘rouse the beer as the hops are introduced’
  • 4Nautical
    archaic Haul (something) vigorously in the specified direction.

    ‘rouse the cable out’

Origin

Late Middle English (originally as a hawking and hunting term): probably from Anglo-Norman French, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation

rouse

/raʊz/