aware implies vigilance in observing or alertness in drawing inferences from what one experiences.
aware of changes in climate
cognizant implies having special or certain knowledge as from firsthand sources.
not fully cognizant of the facts
conscious implies that one is focusing one's attention on something or is even preoccupied by it.
conscious that my heart was pounding
sensible implies direct or intuitive perceiving especially of intangibles or of emotional states or qualities.
sensible of a teacher's influence
alive adds to sensible the implication of acute sensitivity to something.
alive to the thrill of danger
awake implies that one has become alive to something and is on the alert.
a country always awake to the threat of invasion
It feels great to be alive.
The patient was barely alive.
The sheriff was ordered to find the killer and bring him back alive.
He managed to stay alive for a week without any food.
The patient is being kept alive by artificial means.
an old tradition that is still alive
We need to keep hope alive.
The team needs to win tonight in order to stay alive in the play-offs.
I love to sail because it makes me feel so alive. See More
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Middle English, from Old English on life, from on + līf life