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aware

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adjective \ə-ˈwer\

Simple Definition of aware

  • : knowing that something (such as a situation, condition, or problem) exists

  • : feeling, experiencing, or noticing something (such as a sound, sensation, or emotion)

  • : knowing and understanding a lot about what is happening in the world or around you

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of aware

  1. 1 archaic :  watchful, wary

  2. 2 :  having or showing realization, perception, or knowledge

awareness

noun

Examples of aware in a sentence

  1. Are you aware how important you are to me?

  2. She is one of the most aware people I know.



Origin and Etymology of aware

Middle English iwar, from Old English gewær, from ge- (associative prefix) + wær wary — more at co-, wary


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of aware

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>.

AWARE Defined for Kids

aware

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adjective \ə-ˈwer\

Definition of aware for Students

  1. :  having or showing understanding or knowledge :  conscious <Aren't you aware of what's happening?>

awareness

noun <… each face showed no awareness of the other … — Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee>




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