\ə-ˈwer \

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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Read More Republican Speaker Paul Ryan, who will retire in January, and other House Republicans weren’t made aware of the breach because the NRCC didn’t want word of the incident to leak, the person said. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "House GOP Campaign Committee Says It Was Hacked During 2018 Campaign," 4 Dec. 2018 In September 2015, almost a year after S.D.S. first reported the assault, the boys showed up to a Skyline football game and were not asked to leave by staff or faculty who were made aware of their presence, the lawsuit claims. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Issaquah School District sued for allegedly failing to protect 2 students from bullying following sexual assault," 26 Oct. 2018 Being aware of this will help eliminate any disappointment during the process of selling the item. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "An Expert's Top Advice for Selling Furniture Online," 13 Sep. 2018 That's common for TN panels but something to be aware of. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Make life easier on your eyes with these big sales on luxurious monitor upgrades," 8 Aug. 2018 Many people today aren’t aware of these people’s history. Hilary Decent, Naperville Sun, "Decent: Tribute to fallen soldier keeps his memory alive," 6 July 2018 Setting ourselves right is not self-accusation and resolution, but simply becoming aware of our flawed and failed condition, and putting ourselves in God’s hands for his cure — in that moment or in due time. David Roper, idahostatesman, "Finding the virtues to put yourself right with the Lord," 21 June 2018 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

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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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