wakeful

adjective
wake·​ful | \ ˈwāk-fəl How to pronounce wakeful (audio) \

Definition of wakeful

: not sleeping or able to sleep : sleepless

Other Words from wakeful

wakefully \ ˈwāk-​fə-​lē How to pronounce wakeful (audio) \ adverb
wakefulness noun

Examples of wakeful in a Sentence

the mother remained wakeful until her child returned home
Recent Examples on the Web Taking time to space out—whether by showering, pulling weeds, or petting a dog—provides an opportunity for what psychologists call wakeful rest. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, 25 Feb. 2021 And evening types rise as late as possible and remain wakeful well past dark. Gretchen Reynolds, Star Tribune, 20 Aug. 2020 Five primate electrophysiologists agreed that, upon 50 Hz stimulation of the central lateral thalamus, anesthetized Wisconsin monkeys become wakeful. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 My wakeful nights have continued, putting me in exhausted sympathy with a yawning number of Americans. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2019 There’s a wakeful element of social interaction to watching TV — people are talking, the adrenaline starts flowing. Jenna Birch, sun-sentinel.com, 6 June 2019 There’s a wakeful element of social interaction to watching TV – people are talking, the adrenaline starts flowing. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, 3 June 2019 Massimini then tested his consciousness-meter on patients who were either minimally conscious or else unresponsive but wakeful. Jason Pontin, WIRED, 2 Apr. 2018 However, two or more instances of wakeful urination a night, known as nocturia, can cause disruption in a normal sleep cycle and may be a symptom of a more serious condition. Richard Charney, Md, Philly.com, 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of wakeful

1546, in the meaning defined above

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“Wakeful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wakeful. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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wakeful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wakeful

: not sleeping or not able to sleep

wakeful

adjective
wake·​ful | \ ˈwāk-fəl How to pronounce wakeful (audio) \

Kids Definition of wakeful

: not sleeping or able to sleep

Other Words from wakeful

wakefulness noun

wakeful

adjective
wake·​ful | \ ˈwāk-fəl How to pronounce wakeful (audio) \

Medical Definition of wakeful

: not sleeping or able to sleep : sleepless

Other Words from wakeful

wakefulness noun

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