\ 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 The timeline of when the NFL was made aware of the content of the emails also has come into question. Barry Wilner, ajc, 16 Oct. 2021 The timeline of when the NFL was made aware of the content of the emails also has come into question. Barry Wilner, Chron, 15 Oct. 2021 As a result, pedestrians on the sidewalk who might not otherwise have any idea the car was electric are suddenly made aware. Dan Neil, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 The animal-pelt overlay is applied in such a way that we are made aware of the cutting and pasting involved, the imprecise use of scissors, the shadow at the edges. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 Officers set up a perimeter and were putting together a tactical plan when they were made aware of surveillance footage that showed the suspect holding a woman at gunpoint, police said. Gregory Yee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 The park district was made aware of the relationship on Aug. 26 by a third-party complainant. Alice Yin,, 7 Oct. 2021 But the sons were never made aware of any hearing or settlements in their mother’s death and were never given a dime. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 7 Oct. 2021 There should be educational opportunities to assist the residents and be made aware of our air, water and gases that are emitted into the air. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Oct. 2021

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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 Oct. 2021.

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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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