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Definition of aware

1 : having or showing realization, perception, or knowledge be aware of the danger aware of the latest advances in medicine
2 archaic : watchful, wary

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aware, cognizant, conscious, sensible, alive, awake mean having knowledge of something. 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

Examples of aware in a Sentence

Are you aware how important you are to me? She is one of the most aware people I know.
Recent Examples on the Web Even if few people outside of Arizona were aware of it. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 4 Oct. 2021 Moore is aware of her slim chances of finding another affordable property that is big enough for her family and in an area where her special needs grandchild receives support services—much less a landlord willing to accept her rental voucher. Abby Vesoulis, Time, 4 Oct. 2021 Haugen alleged in the complaints that Facebook is aware of the problems on its apps, including the spread of ethnic violence and abuse faced by young girls on Instagram, but the company has been lying about its progress to tackle the issues. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 4 Oct. 2021 Eyebrows, however, do require touch-ups, and Ms. Son makes sure that clients are aware of the commitment to the process before moving forward. Tanya Akim, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 Dear Veteran: Anyone who is aware of the national dynamic during the tumultuous Vietnam era could completely understand your reaction to this phrase. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 2 Oct. 2021 Dear Veteran: Anyone who is aware of the national dynamic during the tumultuous Vietnam era could completely understand your reaction to this phrase. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 2 Oct. 2021 People are aware of its impact to their mental health. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2021 Calderon was aware of the planning of the attack, which left 23 bullet holes in the Impala and wounded its four occupants, paralyzing one, the release said. Rebecca Lurye,, 2 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of aware

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aware

Middle English iwar, iwarre, going back to Old English gewær, going back to West Germanic *gawaro- (whence Old Saxon & Old High German giwar "cognizant"), from *ga-, perfective, associative and collective prefix + Germanic *waro- "cognizant, watchful" — more at co-, ware entry 1

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The first known use of aware was before the 12th century

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“Aware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aware

: knowing that something (such as a situation, condition, or problem) exists
: feeling, experiencing, or noticing something (such as a sound, sensation, or emotion)
: knowing and understanding a lot about what is happening in the world or around you


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Kids Definition of aware

: having or showing understanding or knowledge : conscious Aren't you aware of what's happening?

Other Words from aware

awareness noun … each face showed no awareness of the other … — Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee

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