un·​aware | \ ˌən-ə-ˈwer How to pronounce unaware (audio) \

Definition of unaware

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not aware : ignorant unaware of the problem



Definition of unaware (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from unaware


unawarely adverb
unawareness noun

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: Adjective Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, however, was blissfully unaware of the drama that was unfolding. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 The film was a mix between sci-fi and drama and tells the story of a terminally ill man who must decide between breaking the bad news to his wife — played by Naomie Harris — or keeping his family blissfully unaware by replacing himself with a clone. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, the other non-Black contestants drifted along, blissfully unaware of the emerging dynamics. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 29 Dec. 2021 The blue pill is its ignorant and blissfully unaware counterpart. Nate Hochman, National Review, 30 Nov. 2021 Younger Filipinos are largely unaware of the abuses of the Marcos era, which are given short shrift in the country’s textbooks. New York Times, 13 Nov. 2021 Representatives for several firms said they were confused by unclear guidance from the SBA during the application process or were entirely unaware of the restriction on lobbying firms until reached by The Chronicle. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021 As a result, local brands are relatively unaware of what possibilities lie before them on new and emerging ad channels and platforms. Tom Cheli, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Register was initially unaware of Cunningham's shout-out, and said performing at halftime will be a dream come true. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 20 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of unaware


1696, in the meaning defined above


1581, in the meaning defined above

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“Unaware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaware. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of unaware

: not having knowledge about something : not aware


un·​aware | \ ˌən-ə-ˈwer How to pronounce unaware (audio) \

Kids Definition of unaware

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Kids Definition of unaware (Entry 2 of 2)

: not having knowledge : not aware They're unaware of the danger.

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