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tr.v. a·roused, a·rous·ing, a·rous·es
a. To cause (someone) to be active, attentive, or excited: The report aroused them to take action. The insult aroused him to anger.
b. To stimulate sexual desire in.
2. To give rise to (a feeling, for example); stir up: The odd sight aroused our curiosity. See Synonyms at provoke.
3. To awaken (someone) from sleep.

[From rouse, on the model of such pairs as rise, arise.]

a·rous′al n.


(Physiology) in a state of sexual arousal
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.aroused - aroused to actionaroused - aroused to action; "the aroused opposition"
awakened - aroused or activated; "an awakened interest in ballet"
2.aroused - emotionally arousedaroused - emotionally aroused      
excited - in an aroused state
3.aroused - brought to a state of great tensionaroused - brought to a state of great tension; "all wound up for a fight"
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
4.aroused - feeling great sexual desirearoused - feeling great sexual desire; "feeling horny"
sexy - marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest; "feeling sexy"; "sexy clothes"; "sexy poses"; "a sexy book"; "sexy jokes"
5.aroused - keenly excited (especially sexually) or indicating excitementaroused - keenly excited (especially sexually) or indicating excitement; "his face all ablaze with excitement"- Bram Stoker; "he was aflame with desire"
passionate - having or expressing strong emotions
6.aroused - (of persons) excessively affected by emotion; "he would become emotional over nothing at all"; "she was worked up about all the noise"
agitated - troubled emotionally and usually deeply; "agitated parents"


[əˈraʊzd] adj (sexually)excité(e)