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unawares

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adverb un·awares \-ˈwerz\

Simple Definition of unawares

  • : without warning

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of unawares

  1. 1 :  without design, attention, preparation, or premeditation

  2. 2 :  without warning :  suddenly, unexpectedly

Examples of unawares in a sentence

  1. <the thunderstorm caught us unawares, and we scrambled to get off the ridge as lightning started to flash>



Origin and Etymology of unawares

un- + aware + -s, adverb suffix, from Middle English, from -s, genitive singular ending of nouns — more at -s


First Known Use: 1530

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UNAWARES Defined for Kids

unawares

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adverb un·awares \ˌən-ə-ˈwerz\

Definition of unawares for Students

  1. 1 :  without warning :  by surprise <“The danger is being caught unawares.” — Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted>

  2. 2 :  without knowing :  unintentionally <I came upon them unawares.>





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