arouse ( arouses 3rd person present) ( arousing present participle) ( aroused past tense & past participle )
1 verb If something arouses a particular reaction or attitude in people, it causes them to have that reaction or attitude.
We left in the daytime so as not to arouse suspicion. V n
2 verb If something arouses a particular feeling or instinct that exists in someone, it causes them to experience that feeling or instinct strongly.
There is nothing like a long walk to arouse the appetite... V n
3 verb If you are aroused by something, it makes you feel sexually excited.
Some men are aroused when their partner says erotic words to them. be V-ed
aroused adj usu v-link ADJ
Some men feel that they get most sexually aroused in the morning.
Being stroked by a partner is usually more arousing than stroking yourself.
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