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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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awareness noun

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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.

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But Thai officials, acutely aware the monsoon rains could trap the boys for months, seized a window of opportunity provided by relatively mild weather. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "‘Everyone is safe’ after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 10 July 2018 Ocasio-Cortez was perhaps more keenly aware of that than others: Her mostly-Latino constituency is more worried about climate change than other demographic groups, and her own grandfather died in Hurricane Maria. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Can Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Save The Planet?," 3 July 2018 To make people aware of the event and to get the word out about parking restrictions and street closures, the association has been working with the city on social media and word of mouth, Larson said. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Northeast side readies for 2nd Dennis Jurs Memorial Bike Race," 3 July 2018 Fox Valley Mall General Manager Scott Samson said given the long line and crowds, the security officer approached the mother to make her aware of options to nurse in the family lounge at the shopping center. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Moms protest after security guard confronted mother who was breastfeeding at Fox Valley Mall," 15 July 2018 Be aware that a friend could be involved in your work life as well as your personal life., "Where to get a taste of Brazil’s culture and cuisine before you go," 14 July 2018 In short: Beijing officials are just as aware as studio execs in Burbank that hurting left-leaning Hollywood is more likely to delight America's current tweeter-in-chief. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Hollywood Get Caught in Trump's China Trade War Crossfire?," 13 July 2018 Sharp focus O’Connor is aware people can get frustrated with his intensity. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City coach James O’Connor: We’re going to work until we get it right," 13 July 2018 But Thai officials, acutely aware that the boys could be trapped for months by monsoon rains that would swell waters in the cave system, seized a window of opportunity provided by relatively mild weather. Anchorage Daily News, "After daring rescue, entire Thai soccer team is out of cave," 10 July 2018

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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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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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