Meaning of rouse

rouse

Pronunciation: (rouz), [key]
— v., n. roused, rous•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to bring out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, fancied security, apathy, depression, etc.: He was roused to action by courageous words.
  2. to stir or incite to strong indignation or anger.
  3. to cause (game) to start from a covert or lair.
  4. to pull by main strength; haul.
—v.i.
  1. to come out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity, apathy, depression, etc.
  2. to start up from a covert or lair, as game.
—n.
  1. a rousing.
  2. a signal for rousing; reveille.

rouse

Pronunciation: (rouz), [key]
— n.
  1. a carouse.
  2. a bumper of liquor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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