Part of Speech

verb

Origin + Etymology

Mid 17th century; English

perhaps an alteration of rouse

Synonyms

  • motivate
  • provoke
  • rouse
  • rout
  • stir

Antonyms

  • calm
  • pacify
  • appease

Definition

cause to get up or start moving; rouse

Example

I rousted him out of bed with the aroma of breakfast.

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