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 In Wuhan that day, as elsewhere in China, most people carried on as normal, unaware that the deadly virus was already spreading among them. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "‘I’m So Sorry’: Coronavirus Survivor’s Cross-China Travel Left Dozens Quarantined," 10 Feb. 2020 Totally unaware that RuPaul is really a man, Chad plays along with his transformation into a drag queen, which everything from tucking to getting a full facial make-over. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "RuPaul Gives Pete Davidson a Full Drag Queen Make-Over on 'SNL': Watch," 9 Feb. 2020 Chen was hit while riding her bike in the middle of the roadway, and as the probe continued in late afternoon on Jan. 24, both pedestrians and other bicyclists rode by the scene unaware at the time that the victim had been riding a bicycle. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "After bicyclist’s death in The Woodlands, cycling advocates offer safety tips," 6 Feb. 2020 As a result, the justices took West Virginia’s constitutionality as a given, perhaps unaware of the extent of the disputes that led to its creation. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "It’s Time to Make Virginia Whole Again," 29 Jan. 2020 Also, public health and mental health experts may be unaware that suicide risk factors could show up differently depending on ethnic group. Popular Science, "Black youth have some of the highest suicide rates in America, and we’re only beginning to understand why," 24 Jan. 2020 Welfare check: Beta Drive The staff at the Holiday Inn reported Jan. 15 that a woman in the lobby appeared to be drunk and unaware of her surroundings. cleveland, "Officers make middle-of-the-night domestic violence arrest: Mayfield Police Blotter," 22 Jan. 2020 Tony Harris, spokesman with ALDOT, said the department was unaware that the Eastern Shore MPO was introducing a resolution on the bridge project. al, "Can new I-10 expressway plan generate ‘consensus’?," 22 Jan. 2020 Also, public health and mental health experts may be unaware that suicide risk factors could show up differently depending on ethnic group. Rheeda Walker, The Conversation, "Black kids and suicide: Why are rates so high, and so ignored?," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Unaware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unawareness. Accessed 25 Feb. 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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