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un·​aware ˌən-ə-ˈwer How to pronounce unaware (audio)
: not aware : ignorant
unaware of the problem
unawarely adverb
unawareness noun


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Example Sentences

Adjective she was unaware of the change in travel plans Adverb the predawn attack took the airmen completely unaware
Recent Examples on the Web
For anyone unaware, the show follows a '90s high school soccer team whose plane crashes on their way to Nationals. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 24 Mar. 2023 For those unaware, vector graphics or SVG files differ from other image formats like JPEG or PNG as they can be scaled to any size without impacting quality. Jess Weatherbed, The Verge, 20 Apr. 2023 This won't last for long You're forgiven for having a bit of a short memory with regards to Houston's swoons to start the season in recent years, but for those unaware, the Astros started 11-10 in 2022 and 8-10 in 2021. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 13 Apr. 2023 Many, however, are blissfully unaware. Nick Fuller Googins, Men's Health, 5 Apr. 2023 But the rest of the baseball world remained unaware. The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2023 Since the couple was apparently unaware, the bank drilled into four of their seven boxes in February 2017, taking out the contents and transferring them to a secure location. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2023 Lastly, our testers were unaware of the cost of each bag prior to testing and were only made aware after the series of tests were complete. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 13 Apr. 2023 Two out of three of these people may be unaware of their infection.2 The good news is the prevalence of hepatitis B is declining in the U.S. thanks to the availability of a three-shot vaccine for the virus that is recommended for all newborns, Thomas said. Valerie Debenedette, Verywell Health, 12 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1696, in the meaning defined above


1581, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unaware was in 1581

Dictionary Entries Near unaware

Cite this Entry

“Unaware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaware. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adverb
un·​aware ˌən-ə-ˈwa(ə)r How to pronounce unaware (audio)


2 of 2 adjective
: not aware : ignorant
unawareness noun

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