awaken

verb awak·en \ ə-ˈwā-kən \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of awaken

awakened; awakening play \-ˈwāk-niŋ, -ˈwā-kə-\
: awake
  • was awakened by the alarm clock

awakener

play \-ˈwāk-nər, -ˈwā-kə-\ noun

Examples of awaken in a Sentence

  1. She usually awakens several times during the night.

  2. A loud noise awakened her.

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Origin and Etymology of awaken

Middle English, from Old English awæcnian, from a- + wæcnian to waken

awaken Synonyms

Synonyms
arouse, awake, wake, knock up [British], rouse, waken
Antonyms
lull
Related Words
roust, rout; raise, revive; reawaken, rewake; agitate, bestir, disturb, excite, provoke, stimulate, stir
Near Antonyms
hypnotize, mesmerize


AWAKEN Defined for English Language Learners

awaken

verb

Definition of awaken for English Language Learners

  • : to stop sleeping : to wake up


AWAKEN Defined for Kids

awaken

verb awak·en \ ə-ˈwā-kən \

Definition of awaken for Students

awakened; awakening
: 1awake


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