To excite to action from a state of rest; to stir, or put in motion or exertion; to rouse; to excite; as, to arouse one from sleep; to arouse the dormant faculties.
- To awaken from or as if from sleep.
- To stir up; excite: The odd sight aroused our curiosity. See Synonyms at provoke.
- To stimulate sexual desire in.
- To be or become aroused.