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,
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.

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.

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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