Learner's definition of AROUSE
to cause (an emotional or mental state)
He tried to sneak past without arousing suspicion. [=without causing people to become suspicious]
Their comments aroused our anger/curiosity. [=their comments made us angry/curious]
The report aroused a great deal of public interest/debate.
She aroused [=inspired] great loyalty in her friends and extreme hatred in her enemies.
to excite (someone) sexually
to wake (someone) from sleep
She was sleeping so soundly that we had difficulty arousing her. [=(more commonly) waking her up]
I was aroused [=roused, awakened] from a deep sleep by a loud noise outside my window.
to cause (someone) to become active, ready, or upset
[more arousing; most arousing]