\ ə-ˈwer How to pronounce aware (audio) \

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 Everyone is aware of the official royal Instagram accounts—from Kate Middleton and Prince William's @dukeandduchessofcambridge to Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan's @queenrania. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 18 June 2022 Regular listeners are well aware of one recurrent theme: the failings of Keith’s father. Chris Heath, The Atlantic, 17 June 2022 The league is well aware of public opinion in Watson's case. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 16 June 2022 Players and coaches have long said that closeout games are the toughest to win, so the Warriors are well aware of the challenge. Globe Staff,, 15 June 2022 Hundreds of women worked at the textile mills across New England, and Homer would have been well aware of the Lowell textile mills near Boston. Helen A. Cooper, WSJ, 10 June 2022 The limited-edition pairing, which consists of a mechanical camera and Summicron lens, shows the brand is still well aware of the hold analog equipment has on the world’s photographers. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 9 June 2022 Doctors are well aware of the fact that sugammadex cuts down the efficacy of hormonal contraceptives. Anuradha Varanasi, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Musk was well aware of the spam problem before agreeing to buy Twitter. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 6 June 2022 See More

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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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“Aware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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\ ə-ˈwer How to pronounce aware (audio) \

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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