adjective \ ə-ˈwer \
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

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



Examples of aware in a Sentence

  1. Are you aware how important you are to me?

  2. She is one of the most aware people I know.

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Origin and Etymology of 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-, 1ware

Synonym Discussion of aware

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

AWARE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of aware for English Language Learners

  • : 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

AWARE Defined for Kids


adjective \ ə-ˈwer \

Definition of aware for Students

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


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

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