Definitions for: Rouse


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.


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,
v.]
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.
--Spenser.

Rouse the fleet hart, and cheer the opening hound.
--Pope.

2. To wake from sleep or repose; as, to rouse one early or
suddenly.

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.


Rouse, v. i.
1. To get or start up; to rise. [Obs.]

Night's black agents to their preys do rouse.
--Shak.

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.

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

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