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Meaning of ROUSE

Pronunciation:  rawz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause to become awake or conscious; "He was roused by the drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM."
  2. [v]  cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
  3. [v]  force or drive out; "The police routed them out of bed at 2 A.M."
  4. [v]  become active; "He finally bestirred himself"

ROUSE is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: agitate, arouse, awaken, bestir, charge, charge up, commove, drive out, excite, force out, rout out, turn on, wake, wake up, waken
 Antonyms: calm, calm down, cause to sleep, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
 See Also: alter, be active, bother, bring around, bring back, bring round, bring to, call, change, displace, disturb, electrify, hunt, hype up, move, pother, psych up, reawaken, smoke out, trouble, upset



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rouse\ (rouz or rous), v. i. & t. [Perhaps the same word
    as rouse to start up, ``buckle to.''] (Naut.)
    To pull or haul strongly and all together, as upon a rope,
    without the assistance of mechanical appliances.
  2. \Rouse\ (rouz), n. [Cf. D. roes drunkeness, icel. r?ss,
    Sw. rus, G. rauchen, and also E. rouse, v.t., rush, v.i. Cf.
    {Row} a disturbance.]
    1. A bumper in honor of a toast or health. [Obs.] --Shak.
    2. A carousal; a festival; a drinking frolic.
             Fill the cup, and fill the can, Have a rouse before
             the morn.                             --Tennyson.
  3. \Rouse\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Roused} (rouzd); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Rousing}.] [Probably of Scan. origin; cf. Sw. rusa to
    rush, Dan. ruse, AS. hre['o]san to fall, rush. Cf. {Rush},
    1. To cause to start from a covert or lurking place; as, to
       rouse a deer or other animal of the chase.
             Like wild boars late roused out of the brakes.
             Rouse the fleet hart, and cheer the opening hound.
    2. To wake from sleep or repose; as, to rouse one early or
    3. To excite to lively thought or action from a state of
       idleness, languor, stupidity, or indifference; as, to
       rouse the faculties, passions, or emotions.
             To rouse up a people, the most phlegmatic of any in
             Christendom.                          --Atterbury.
    4. To put in motion; to stir up; to agitate.
             Blustering winds, which all night long Had roused
             the sea.                              --Milton.
    5. To raise; to make erect. [Obs.] --Spenser. Shak.
  4. \Rouse\, v. i.
    1. To get or start up; to rise. [Obs.]
             Night's black agents to their preys do rouse.
    2. To awake from sleep or repose.
             Morpheus rouses from his bed.         --Pope.
    3. To be exited to thought or action from a state of
       indolence or inattention.