wak·​ing | \ˈwā-kiŋ \

Definition of waking 

: passed in a conscious or alert state every waking hour

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As location tracking has become more accurate, and as more people carry their phones at every waking moment, the ability of law enforcement officers and companies like Securus to get that data has become an ever greater privacy concern. New York Times, "Service Meant to Monitor Inmates’ Calls Could Track You, Too," 10 May 2018 Discrimination is a hell hound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them. Martin Luther King Jr., The Atlantic, "The Crisis in America’s Cities," 31 Mar. 2018 The demonstration was one of the first of several protests planned for the coming months, wherein youths would demonstrate their waking influence on the country. Scott Feinblatt, latimes.com, "Dana Hills High students protest gun violence and honor high school shooting victims," 16 Mar. 2018 People spend most of their waking time at an office. Lauren Mccutcheon, Philly.com, "CardConnect's CEO Jeffrey Shanahan talks about creating an office space that 'feels like Silicon Valley in the Delaware Valley'," 14 Mar. 2018 The question of what had happened within the Nordre Strømfjord shear zone nearly two billion years ago danced through every waking moment. Longreads, "The Quest for the Collision Zone: An Arctic Expedition," 12 Mar. 2018 When the Brewers were home, Shaw spent every waking moment away from the ballpark at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with wife Lindy, keeping vigil in the neonatal intensive care unit. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Third base: After a winter of workouts in Wisconsin, Travis Shaw ready to flex his muscles for Brewers," 16 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, in the waking world, a medical team tries to save his life. Devan Stuart Lesley, PEOPLE.com, "Meet the Woman Helping Terminally Ill Kids Realize Their Movie-Making Dreams," 15 Feb. 2018 The Wake-Up Light is built on the premise that human beings have an easier time transitioning from the dream world to the waking world with the help of gradually brightening light. Michael Desjardin, USA TODAY, "This is the best deal on Amazon right now," 9 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of waking

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

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