awak·​en·​ing | \ ə-ˈwāk-niŋ How to pronounce awakening (audio) , ə-ˈwā-kə- \
plural awakenings

Definition of awakening

1 : a rousing from sleep The night terror is an abrupt awakening early in the night, most often within the first hour or two of sleep …— Franklin Galvin et al.
2a : a rousing from inactivity or indifference … one of the primary branches of yoga … prescribes various practices to assist the yogi in the gradual awakening of the heart.— James Bailey
b : a revival of interest in something (such as religion) Russian Jews themselves experienced a cultural and political awakening after Israel's victory, some openly challenging their government's ban on religious and Hebrew training.— Jonathan D. Sarna
3 : a coming into awareness Like his discovery of literature, this intimacy becomes an awakening to the possibilities of life.— Morris Dickstein

First Known Use of awakening

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Awakening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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