re·​awak·​en (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈwā-kən How to pronounce reawaken (audio)
reawakened; reawakening; reawakens

transitive + intransitive

: to awaken (someone or something) again
a photo that reawakened past memories
a movie that has reawakened interest in their story
Harry's temporarily stupefied brain seemed to reawaken.J. K. Rowling
reawakening noun
plural reawakenings
a spiritual reawakening
The Taylor demo … signals a reawakening of militant activism in New York. Sarah Ferguson

Examples of reawaken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First lured into the world of easy money, his sense of judgment and morals reawaken when people start to get hurt. Annika Pham, Variety, 26 Jan. 2024 But the next life cycle's Avatar has yet to reveal themself... until the young Aang (Gordon Cormier), said to be the last surviving Air Nomad, reawakens in a world nearly overrun by the Fire Nation., 17 Oct. 2023 The first few days have been about understanding players’ fitness levels via testing and reawakening their bodies to the rhythms of the game. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 16 Jan. 2024 With its raw production and sonic extremism, the single pointed towards a violently exploratory mode that Yorke and Greenwood have rarely activated since Radiohead’s early years, as if the Smile’s lower stakes had reawakened a more volatile, unpredictable energy. Pitchfork, 8 Jan. 2024 Common poorwills may enter this state for a few hours, days or even weeks – the longest stretch recorded is 85 days – and reawaken when temperatures rise again in spring. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 26 Dec. 2023 For Russians, this was a familiar story, reawakening the Cold War mindset of us versus them. Foreign Affairs, 10 Nov. 2023 As shells rain down on Flanders, and ghosts move among those yet living, Laura’s and Freddie’s deepest traumas are reawakened. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023 But like a light in the darkness, hope springs forth when Aang (Cormier), a young Air Nomad — and the last of his kind — reawakens to take his rightful place as the next Avatar. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1708, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reawaken was in 1708

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“Reawaken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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