wakeful

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

Definition of wakeful

: not sleeping or able to sleep : sleepless

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Other Words from wakeful

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

Examples of wakeful in a Sentence

the mother remained wakeful until her child returned home
Recent Examples on the Web My wakeful nights have continued, putting me in exhausted sympathy with a yawning number of Americans. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "I can’t sleep. And all the books about not sleeping aren’t helping.," 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, "How binge watching is hazardous to your health," 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, "How binge-watching is hazardous to your health," 3 June 2019 Massimini then tested his consciousness-meter on patients who were either minimally conscious or else unresponsive but wakeful. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "How Do You Know You Are Reading This?," 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, "Q&A: Why do I wake up so frequently to urinate?," 22 Sep. 2017 After a wakeful night confined to a Mecca palace lounge, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef emerged into a marble-walled room the morning of June 21. Justin Scheck, WSJ, "How a Saudi Prince Unseated His Cousin to Become the Kingdom’s Heir Apparent," 19 July 2017 Soloist Vince Woods sang warmly as the wakeful sun, the chorus in a wordless texture before erupting in a lively central section, adeptly handling the sudden transitions. Libby Hanssen, kansascity.com, "Kantorei KC choral ensemble contemplates nature in ‘The Peace of Wild Things’," 21 May 2017 Middle aged men are also two times as wakeful at night after imbibing, according to another study. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "Here Are a Whole Mess of Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep," 21 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of wakeful

1546, in the meaning defined above

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“Wakeful.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wakefulness. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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wakeful

adjective
How to pronounce wakeful (audio)

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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