One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they had aroused his hostility and suspicion’
cause, induce, prompt, set off, trigger, stir up, inspire, call forth, bring into being, call into being, draw forth, bring out, excite, evoke, pique, whet, stir, engender, generate, kindle, fire, touch off, spark off, provoke, foster, whip up, sow the seeds of
2‘an ability to influence the audience and to arouse the masses’
stir up, rouse, excite, galvanize, electrify, stimulate, inspire, move, fire up, fire the enthusiasm of, fire the imagination of, get going, whip up, inflame, agitate, goad, provoke, spur on, urge, encourage, animate, incite, egg on
North American light a fire under
3‘his touch aroused her’
excite, arouse sexually, stimulate, make feel sexually excited, make feel sexy, titillate
informal turn on, get going, give someone a thrill, float someone's boat, do it for someone, light someone's fire, tickle someone's fancy
4‘she was aroused from her sleep by her mother’
wake, wake up, waken, awaken, bring to, bring around, rouse
British informal knock up
send to sleep
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