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awake

verb \ ə-ˈwāk \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of awake

awoke play \-ˈwōk\ also awaked play \-ˈwākt\; awoken play \-ˈwō-kən\ or awaked also awoke; awaking
intransitive verb
1 :to cease sleeping :to wake up
  • She awoke late that morning.
  • The next day we awoke to the sound of drums.
  • —Sarah Ferrell
2 :to become aroused or active again
  • when the volcano awoke
3 :to become conscious or aware of something
  • awoke to the possibilities
  • At the same time, Italian prosecutors awoke to the international magnitude of their Sicilian underworld …
  • —Selwyn Raab
transitive verb
1 :to arouse from sleep or a sleeplike state
  • He was awoken by the storm.
2 :to make active :to stir up
  • an experience that awoke old memories

Examples of awake in a Sentence

  1. She fell asleep immediately but awoke an hour later.

  2. I awoke several times during the night.

  3. The baby awoke from his nap.

  4. The alarm awoke me early.

  5. They were awoken by a loud bang.

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Origin and Etymology of awake

Middle English awaken (from Old English awacan, onwacan, from 1a-, on + wacan to awake) & awakien, from Old English awacian, from 1a- + wacian to be awake — more at wake

awake Synonyms

Synonyms
arouse, wake, awaken, 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

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awake

adjective

Definition of awake

:fully conscious, alert, and aware :not asleep
  • I'm so tired I can barely stay awake.

Examples of awake in a Sentence

  1. Drinking coffee keeps him awake.

  2. I am so tired I can barely stay awake.

  3. She was lying awake, tossing and turning.

  4. One moment she was sleeping soundly—the next she was wide awake.

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Origin and Etymology of awake

see 1awake

Synonym Discussion of awake

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


AWAKE Defined for English Language Learners

awake

verb

Definition of awake for English Language Learners

  • : to stop sleeping : to wake up


awake

adjective

Definition of awake for English Language Learners

  • : not asleep


AWAKE Defined for Kids

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awake

verb \ ə-ˈwāk \

Definition of awake for Students

awoke \-ˈwōk\; awoken \-ˈwō-kən\ or awaked \-ˈwākt\; awaking
1 :to stop sleeping :wake up
  • The baby awoke from his nap.
2 :to make or become conscious or aware of something
  • They finally awoke to the danger.

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awake

adjective

Definition of awake for Students

:not asleep


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