AskDefine | Define rouse

Dictionary Definition



1 become active; "He finally bestirred himself" [syn: bestir]
2 force or drive out; "The police routed them out of bed at 2 A.M." [syn: rout out, drive out, force out]
3 cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks" [syn: agitate, turn on, charge, commove, excite, charge up] [ant: calm]
4 cause to become awake or conscious; "He was roused by the drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM." [syn: awaken, wake, waken, wake up, arouse] [ant: cause to sleep]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. an arousal
  2. an official ceremony over drinks
    And the King's rouse the heaven shall bruit again,
    Re-speaking earthly thunder. - "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, act 1 scene 2 lines 127-128


  1. to wake or be awoken from sleep, or from apathy
  2. to provoke (someone) to anger or action
  3. To pull by main strength; to haul

Extensive Definition

Rouse may refer to:
See also:
rouse in German: Rouse

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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