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 for rouse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rouse \Rouse\ (rouz or rous), v. i. & t. [Perhaps the same word
     as rouse to start up, "buckle to."] (Naut.)
     To pull or haul strongly and all together, as upon a rope,
     without the assistance of mechanical appliances.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rouse \Rouse\ (rouz), n. [Cf. D. roes drunkeness, icel. r[=u]ss,
     Sw. rus, G. rauchen, and also E. rouse, v.t., rush, v.i. Cf.
     Row a disturbance.]
     1. A bumper in honor of a toast or health. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     2. A carousal; a festival; a drinking frolic.
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              Fill the cup, and fill the can,
              Have a rouse before the morn.         --Tennyson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rouse \Rouse\, v. i.
     1. To get or start up; to rise. [Obs.]
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              Night's black agents to their preys do rouse.
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     2. To awake from sleep or repose.
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              Morpheus rouses from his bed.         --Pope.
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     3. To be exited to thought or action from a state of
        indolence or inattention.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rouse \Rouse\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Roused (rouzd); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Rousing.] [Probably of Scan. origin; cf. Sw. rusa to
     rush, Dan. ruse, AS. hre['o]san to fall, rush. Cf. Rush,
     1. To cause to start from a covert or lurking place; as, to
        rouse a deer or other animal of the chase.
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              Like wild boars late roused out of the brakes.
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              Rouse the fleet hart, and cheer the opening hound.
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     2. To wake from sleep or repose; as, to rouse one early or
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     3. To excite to lively thought or action from a state of
        idleness, languor, stupidity, or indifference; as, to
        rouse the faculties, passions, or emotions.
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              To rouse up a people, the most phlegmatic of any in
              Christendom.                          --Atterbury.
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     4. To put in motion; to stir up; to agitate.
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              Blustering winds, which all night long
              Had roused the sea.                   --Milton.
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     5. To raise; to make erect. [Obs.] --Spenser. Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: become active; "He finally bestirred himself" [syn:
           bestir, rouse]
      2: force or drive out; "The police routed them out of bed at 2
         A.M." [syn: rout out, drive out, force out, rouse]
      3: cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker
         charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks" [syn:
         agitate, rouse, turn on, charge, commove, excite,
         charge up] [ant: calm, calm down, lull, quiet,
         quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise,
      4: cause to become awake or conscious; "He was roused by the
         drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM." [syn:
         awaken, wake, waken, rouse, wake up, arouse]
         [ant: cause to sleep]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  124 Moby Thesaurus words for "rouse":
     aggravate, animate, annoy, arise, arouse, awake, awaken, bestir,
     blow the coals, blow up, bring forth, bring out, bring to light,
     call, call forth, call out, call up, challenge, come alive, deduce,
     deepen, derive, drag out, draw forth, draw out, dynamize, educe,
     electrify, elicit, energize, enhance, enkindle, enliven, enrage,
     evoke, excite, exhilarate, fan, fan the fire, fan the flame,
     feed the fire, fire, fire up, flame, foment, frenzy, galvanize,
     get from, get out of, get up, goad, hearten, heat, heighten,
     impassion, incense, incite, induce, inflame, infuriate, inspirit,
     instigate, invigorate, jazz up, key up, kindle, knock up,
     lather up, light the fuse, light up, liven, madden, magnify,
     motivate, mount, move, obtain, overexcite, pep up, perk up, pique,
     procure, prod, prompt, provoke, quicken, raise, raise up, rally,
     redouble, rise, secure, set astir, set fire to, set on fire,
     shake up, snap up, steam up, stimulate, stir, stir the blood,
     stir the embers, stir the feelings, stir up, summon forth,
     summon up, turn on, vitalize, vivify, wake, wake up, waken, wangle,
     wangle out of, warm, warm the blood, whet, whip up, winkle out,
     work into, work up, worm out, worm out of, zip up

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