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

Definition of waking

: passed in a conscious or alert state every waking hour

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As Radiohead’s singer and as a solo artist, his work always involves logic and visions that don’t work in the waking world. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Thom Yorke’s Beautiful New Nightmare," 29 June 2019 In her shtetl, only young boys were indulged in their maniacal pursuit of mastery that led them to spend every waking moment poring over the Talmud. WSJ, "Give No Triple Points for ‘Gender Differences’," 22 Nov. 2018 In place of a vibrant society, the people of North Korea are bombarded by state propaganda practically every waking hour of the day. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Fact-checking President Trump’s claims about the North Korea deal," 13 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of waking

1556, in the meaning defined above

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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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