wak·​ing | \ ˈwā-kiŋ How to pronounce waking (audio) \

Definition of waking

: passed in a conscious or alert state every waking hour

Examples of waking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Teens spend much of their waking time with peers and friends. Catherine Bagwell, The Conversation, "Teens are wired to resent being stuck with parents and cut off from friends during coronavirus lockdown," 22 Apr. 2020 When nightmare scenarios move to the waking world, stark fictions and knotty personal histories offer guidance less in the factual specifics than in their emotional terrain. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Fiona Apple’s Survival Guide to Isolation," 17 Apr. 2020 Except now, without practices and position meetings and all the usual minutiae consuming every waking moment of a coach’s day, Williams has never had so much time. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "How USC is experiencing a bold recruiting renaissance even during coronavirus crisis," 1 May 2020 Since becoming director of Dallas Animal Services in October 2017, Ed Jamison has spent every waking moment trying to get potential adopters and fosters into the shelter. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "How the dogs and cats are faring since the coronavirus locked the doors of the Dallas animal shelter," 6 Apr. 2020 Ronan Lynch has the power to bring objects from dreams into the waking world. Washington Post, "The best YA fantasy to read now," 24 Dec. 2019 Noe-Idlebird's mother flew from Monterey, Calif., and has spent every waking moment with their daughter since the accident, providing status updates and pictures every day. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Family hurt in violent Phoenix crash grateful 5-year-old daughter escapes brain damage," 8 Jan. 2020 This could be a week when achieving your joint ambitions dominates every waking moment. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 1, 2019: Sagittarius, don’t sign contracts now; Pisces, spend found money on fun," 1 Dec. 2019 But Josh’s 16-year-old sister Lisa (Abby Nigro) has had it with the way her brother’s situation dominates every waking moment in the household. Christine Dolen, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: New City Players’ ‘Falling’ plunges into a family’s life coping with autism," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of waking

1556, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of waking was in 1556

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“Waking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waking. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of waking

of time : passing while you are awake and able to think and act

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