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
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