wak·​ing ˈwā-kiŋ How to pronounce waking (audio)
: passed in a conscious or alert state
every waking hour

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Teens spend much of their waking time with peers and friends. Catherine Bagwell, The Conversation, 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, 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, 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, 6 Apr. 2020 Ronan Lynch has the power to bring objects from dreams into the waking world. Washington Post, 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, 8 Jan. 2020 This could be a week when achieving your joint ambitions dominates every waking moment. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 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, 11 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1556, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 30 May. 2023.

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