ROUSE, verb transitive rouz. [This word, written also arouse, seems to belong to the family of raise or rush. See Raise.]
1. To wake from sleep or repose. Genesis 49:9.
2. To excite to thought or action from a state of idleness, languor, stupidity or inattention.
3. To put into action; to agitate.
Blust'ring winds that rous'd the sea.
4. To drive a beast from his den or place of rest.
ROUSE, verb intransitive
1. To awake from sleep or repose.
Morpheus rouses from his bed.
2. To be excited to thought or action from a state of indolence, sluggishness, languor or inattention.
ROUSE, verb intransitive In seamen's language, to pull together upon a cable, etc. without the assistance of tackles or other mechanical power.
ROUSE, noun rouz.
A full glass of liquor; a bumper in honor of a health. obsolete