1. the act of arousing

- the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions

Similar word(s): rousing

Definition categories: act

2. a state of heightened physiological activity

Definition categories: state

3. awakening from sleep

Definition categories: thought, wakefulness

4. mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse

Similar word(s): foreplay, stimulation

Definition categories: act, sex

Sentences with arousal as a noun:

- bodily arousal

- emotional arousal

- to influence the arousal of brain and behavior

- Some people get sexual arousal from the depiction of feet.

- the mechanism for arousal from sleep

- the animal undergoes regular spells of arousal