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)

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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 Due to the stigma, people, particularly women, who experience hair loss often don't know how to begin seeking treatment, are reluctant to ask for help for fear of seeming vain, or are unaware that potential solutions even exist. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "Ricki Lake Opens Up About Hair Loss — And Debuts A New Buzz," 3 Jan. 2020 The American commanders who’d ordered up the December training mission, however, were unaware of one wrinkle: The Japanese would only be available to help in emergencies if their forces were also actively training. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines," 2 Jan. 2020 But far too often, heirs are unaware that the money exists. cleveland, "5 financial tasks you should finish by year-end," 26 Dec. 2019 Many people are likely unaware of social norms that surround tokens of appreciation. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Tipping: Most Americans aren't tipping many service providers," 21 Dec. 2019 But far too often, heirs are unaware that the money exists. Liz Weston, chicagotribune.com, "Liz Weston: 5 financial tasks you should tackle by year-end," 18 Nov. 2019 Pilots, unaware that MCAS even existed because the manual did not mention it, struggled to diagnose the problem and were unable to counteract the software’s repeated commands. Chris Hamby, New York Times, "Far From the Spotlight, a Boeing Partner Feels the Heat," 7 Nov. 2019 Researchers have concluded that attachment behaviors in childhood are mimicked in adulthood with romantic partners—and many are totally unaware of it. Jenna Birch, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Real Reason You’re Still Single," 10 Oct. 2019 But Ducks coach Mario Cristobal and his staff — total yearly compensation of $8 million, per the USA Today salary databases for head coaches and assistants — were apparently unaware. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "What were they thinking: Poor coaching across the Pac-12 made for bad ROI in Week One," 1 Sep. 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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19 Jan 2020

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“Unaware.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unawareness. Accessed 28 January 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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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