rouse

When someone calls out "rise and shine," they are trying to rouse you, to make you wake up.

It's thought that the word rouse was originally a 15th-century term used by hawkers for the way the birds shook out their feathers when agitated. That gives a nice mental picture to the word, and it does fit: rouse means to become awake, excited, or just plain keyed up, like those birds ruffling their feathers. Consider that when first roused in the morning, many people have to shake themselves to get ready to face the day.

DEFINITIONS OF: rouse

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v cause to become awake or conscious

“He was roused by the drunken men in the street”
Synonyms:
arouse, awaken, wake, wake up, waken
Antonyms:
cause to sleep
make fall asleep
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reawaken
awaken once again
bring around, bring back, bring round, bring to
return to consciousness
call
rouse somebody from sleep with a call
resuscitate, revive
cause to regain consciousness
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v become active

Synonyms:
bestir
Type of:
be active, move
be in a state of action

v cause to be agitated, excited, or roused

Synonyms:
agitate, charge, charge up, commove, excite, turn on
Antonyms:
calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
make calm or still
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hype up, psych up
get excited or stimulated
bother
make nervous or agitated
pother
make upset or troubled
electrify
excite suddenly and intensely
Type of:
disturb, trouble, upset
move deeply

v force or drive out

Synonyms:
drive out, force out, rout out
chase away, dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, run off, turn back
force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
Types:
hunt
chase away, with as with force
smoke out
drive out with smoke
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
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