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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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Examples of unaware in a Sentence

Adjective she was unaware of the change in travel plans Adverb the predawn attack took the airmen completely unaware
Recent Examples on the Web
Their daughter, who was leaning against the VIP section’s railing with friendship bracelets on her arms, was unaware of the cute moment happening behind her. Emma Aerin Becker, Peoplemag, 8 July 2024 This time Roberts said no Biden assails Project 2025, a plan to transform government, and Trump’s claim to be unaware of it Lost in the presidential race? Dana Munro, Baltimore Sun, 6 July 2024 Other pet parents may have only adopted their new furry friend recently and are unaware of their fear of fireworks until the day is upon them. Quinn Clark, Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2024 In the brewery’s main room, meanwhile, another 200 or so are sitting around drinking beers and watching live sports, seemingly unaware that a presidential race is going on, more or less under their noses. Maya Singer, Vogue, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for unaware 

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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 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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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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