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verb \ə-ˈwāk\

Simple Definition of awake

  • : to stop sleeping : to wake up

Full Definition of awake

awoke play \-ˈwōk\ also awaked play \-ˈwākt\ awo·ken play \-ˈwō-kən\ or awaked also awokeawak·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cease sleeping

  3. 2 :  to become aroused or active again

  4. 3 :  to become conscious or aware of something <awoke to the possibilities>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to arouse from sleep or a sleeplike state <awoken by the storm>

  7. 2 :  to make active :  stir up <awoke old memories>

Examples of awake

  1. She fell asleep immediately but awoke an hour later.

  2. I awoke several times during the night.

  3. The baby awoke from his nap.

  4. The alarm awoke me early.

  5. They were awoken by a loud bang.

Origin of awake

Middle English awaken (from Old English awacan, onwacan, from 1a-, on + wacan to awake) & awakien, from Old English awacian, from 1a- + wacian to be awake — more at wake

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of awake

  • : not asleep

Full Definition of awake

  1. :  fully conscious, alert, and aware :  not asleep

Examples of awake

  1. Drinking coffee keeps him awake.

  2. I am so tired I can barely stay awake.

  3. She was lying awake, tossing and turning.

  4. One moment she was sleeping soundly—the next she was wide awake.

13th Century

First Known Use of awake

13th century

Synonym Discussion of awake

aware, cognizant, conscious, sensible, alive, awake mean having knowledge of something. aware implies vigilance in observing or alertness in drawing inferences from what one experiences <aware of changes in climate>. cognizant implies having special or certain knowledge as from firsthand sources <not fully cognizant of the facts>. conscious implies that one is focusing one's attention on something or is even preoccupied by it <conscious that my heart was pounding>. sensible implies direct or intuitive perceiving especially of intangibles or of emotional states or qualities <sensible of a teacher's influence>. alive adds to sensible the implication of acute sensitivity to something <alive to the thrill of danger>. awake implies that one has become alive to something and is on the alert <a country always awake to the threat of invasion>.

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