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

Definition of unaware

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not aware : ignorant unaware of the problem



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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 Did Brito discover a tiny loophole that caught EA Sports unaware until the last minute? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Madden NFL’s technical problems were on full display in ESPN championship," 18 May 2020 But, to my endless frustration, Quint seems blissfully unaware. EW.com, "First look: YA powerhouse Marissa Meyer returns with debut rom-com 'Instant Karma'," 27 Apr. 2020 More than a decade later, the grapes at his Nana Estate Winery seem unaware of their suffering. Yadid Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Wines From Israel’s Negev Desert May Represent the Future of Viticulture," 16 Apr. 2020 Some of the Covid-19 patients seem unaware they are isolated, while others understand, says the Rev. Michael Mercier, the director of spiritual care for Lifespan, a health system in Rhode Island. Paul Berger, WSJ, "‘I’m Sorry I Can’t Kiss You’—Coronavirus Victims Are Dying Alone," 10 Apr. 2020 Reached by The Arizona Republic early Wednesday, the Pima County Health Department appeared unaware of any exposure involving a bridge tournament in Tucson. Rob O'dell, azcentral, "Positive coronavirus test reported after Tucson bridge tournament; another player's death under investigation," 18 Mar. 2020 Life Care Center, just northeast of Seattle, shows how rapidly the virus can decimate a single facility, particularly one that seemed to be caught unaware. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Relatives watch as covid-19 tears through Seattle-area senior homes. ‘It’s a very helpless feeling.’," 12 Mar. 2020 Taylor testified that in his meetings with Ukrainian officials in late July and most of August, the Ukrainians appeared unaware of the freeze, although The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Ukrainians were aware by early August. Josh Lederman, NBC News, "Impeachment hearings depict a quid pro quo that evolved over time," 25 Oct. 2019 This backs up earlier reporting from the Times, which indicated that Harry's father Prince Charles, brother Prince William, and grandmother Queen Elizabeth were caught unaware when the first lawsuit was announced. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Files a Lawsuit Against the Sun and Mirror Over Allegations of Phone Hacking," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of unaware was in 1581

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“Unaware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaware. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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