What does rouse mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bestir, rouseverb

    become active

    "He finally bestirred himself"

  2. rout out, drive out, force out, rouseverb

    force or drive out

    "The police routed them out of bed at 2 A.M."

  3. agitate, rouse, turn on, charge, commove, excite, charge upverb

    cause to be agitated, excited, or roused

    "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"

  4. awaken, wake, waken, rouse, wake up, arouseverb

    cause to become awake or conscious

    "He was roused by the drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM."


  1. rousenoun

    an arousal

  2. rousenoun

    an official ceremony over drinks

  3. rousenoun

    The sounding of a bugle in the morning after reveille, to signal that soldiers are to rise from bed, often the rouse.

  4. rouseverb

    to wake or be awoken from sleep, or from apathy

  5. rouseverb

    to provoke (someone) to anger or action

  6. rouseverb

    To pull by main strength; to haul

  7. rouseverb

    To be excited to thought or action from a state of indolence or inattention.

  8. Etymology: From rowsen, rouzen, rusen, from *, from rūsanan, from (o)rewǝ-. Cognate with rusa, ruse, rusen, rusen. More at rush.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rouse

    to pull or haul strongly and all together, as upon a rope, without the assistance of mechanical appliances

  2. Rousenoun

    a bumper in honor of a toast or health

  3. Rousenoun

    a carousal; a festival; a drinking frolic

  4. Rouse

    to cause to start from a covert or lurking place; as, to rouse a deer or other animal of the chase

  5. Rouse

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

  6. Rouse

    to excite to lively thought or action from a state of idleness, languor, stupidity, or indifference; as, to rouse the faculties, passions, or emotions

  7. Rouse

    to put in motion; to stir up; to agitate

  8. Rouse

    to raise; to make erect

  9. Rouseverb

    to get or start up; to rise

  10. Rouseverb

    to awake from sleep or repose

  11. Rouseverb

    to be exited to thought or action from a state of indolence or inattention

  12. Etymology: [Probably of Scan. origin; cf. Sw. rusa to rush, Dan. ruse, AS. hresan to fall, rush. Cf. Rush, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rouse

    rowz, v.t. to raise up: to stir up: to awaken: to excite to anything: to put into action: to startle or start, as an animal: to work about in salt, to roil.—v.i. to awake: to be excited to action.—n. the reveille.—adv. (obs.) vehemently.—adj. Rous′ant (her.), starting up, as a bird in the attitude of rising.—ns. Rouse′ment, an awakening religious discourse; Rous′er, one who, or that which, rouses, anything astonishing.—adj. Rous′ing, having power to awaken: great, violent.—adv. Rous′ingly.—adj. Rous′y, noisy, riotous. [Scand., Sw. rusa, Dan. ruse, to rush.]

  2. Rouse

    rowz, n. a carousal: a bumper. [Scand., Sw. rus, drunkenness, Ice. rúss; cf. Dut. roes, Ger. rausch.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ROUSE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rouse is ranked #1330 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rouse surname appeared 26,519 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 would have the surname Rouse.

    68.8% or 18,253 total occurrences were White.
    25.2% or 6,704 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 634 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 536 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 273 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 117 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rouse in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rouse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of rouse in a Sentence

  1. Shalanda Young:

    This is not something we should have to call out, this is something that should be pervasive in how the government does its business. So Cecilia Rouse may not see a line item, and I think that's more than appropriate with the way The President has asked The President government to address these long-pervasive issues.

  2. Author Unknown:

    A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude or the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security.

  3. Bharavi:

    As drops of bitter medicine, though minute, may have a salutary force, so words, though few and painful, uttered seasonably, may rouse the prostrate energies of those who meet misfortune with despondency.

  4. William Ellery Channing:

    Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

  5. William Ellery Channing:

    Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aidthem to judge for themselves.

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