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Definition of aware

1 : having or showing realization, perception, or knowledge be aware of the danger aware of the latest advances in medicine
2 archaic : watchful, wary

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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

Examples of aware in a Sentence

Are you aware how important you are to me? She is one of the most aware people I know.
Recent Examples on the Web School administration was made aware of the problem. cleveland, "Woman says boyfriend kicked her at Harry Buffalo: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 21 Feb. 2020 According to the report, Stallings - a former Vanderbilt coach from 2009-2016 - didn’t stop analysts from coaching players after he was made aware of the violations. Mark Heim |, al, "NCAA penalizes Pitt basketball, football for violations; Kevin Stallings gets show-cause," 20 Feb. 2020 Yet few members of the British public were aware of Nightingale’s role in the campaign, or in any of the other reforms that changed the face of British society. Tina Hillier, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Defiance of Florence Nightingale," 20 Feb. 2020 But those who’ve been made aware have been equally horrified by it. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: SAC students heading to state conference to speak about Ranger mascot controversy," 15 Feb. 2020 In an unrelated incident, HSI was made aware of a threat to the law enforcement community, a statement from the department says. Mark Morales, CNN, "NYPD memo, Homeland Security arrest highlight vigilance after precinct shooting," 14 Feb. 2020 The Fischer administration said previously it was made aware of at least one allegation against Risco in late January after receiving a call from Morrow. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Two women named interim co-leaders of TARC following sexual misconduct scandal," 13 Feb. 2020 Church leaders who were aware of his past concealed it from the congregation. USA Today, "‘The tongue is a fire’: Southern Baptist church fractures over secrets and spiritual abuse," 13 Feb. 2020 Officers were made aware of the threat Tuesday evening and developed probable cause to arrest the teenager, police spokeswoman Sgt. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "13-year-old student arrested on suspicion of making threat against Phoenix school," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of aware

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aware

Middle English iwar, iwarre, going back to Old English gewær, going back to West Germanic *gawaro- (whence Old Saxon & Old High German giwar "cognizant"), from *ga-, perfective, associative and collective prefix + Germanic *waro- "cognizant, watchful" — more at co-, ware entry 1

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23 Feb 2020

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“Aware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aware

: knowing that something (such as a situation, condition, or problem) exists
: feeling, experiencing, or noticing something (such as a sound, sensation, or emotion)
: knowing and understanding a lot about what is happening in the world or around you


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Kids Definition of aware

: having or showing understanding or knowledge : conscious Aren't you aware of what's happening?

Other Words from aware

awareness noun … each face showed no awareness of the other … — Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee

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