verb \ə-ˈwā-kən\

: to stop sleeping : to wake up

awak·enedawak·en·ing\-ˈwāk-niŋ, -ˈwā-kə-\

Full Definition of AWAKEN

:  awake
awak·en·er \-ˈwāk-nər, -ˈwā-kə-\ noun

Examples of AWAKEN

  1. She usually awakens several times during the night.
  2. A loud noise awakened her.

Origin of AWAKEN

Middle English, from Old English awæcnian, from a- + wæcnian to waken
First Known Use: before 12th century

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