un·​aware | \ ˌən-ə-ˈwer How to pronounce unaware (audio) \

Definition of unaware

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not aware : ignorant unaware of the problem



Definition of unaware (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from unaware


unawarely adverb
unawareness noun

Examples of unaware in a Sentence

Adjective she was unaware of the change in travel plans Adverb the predawn attack took the airmen completely unaware
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some forms of epilepsy are debilitating, causing a person to shake uncontrollably and become unaware of their surroundings. Emily Mullin, Science, 5 Jan. 2022 For a week, the two groups went about their activities—swimming, tossing a baseball, sitting around a campfire—unaware of the other. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 The family members who were hosting Thomas Sharkey in Florida were unaware that he was wanted in connection with his wife's slaying, according to authorities. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 24 Dec. 2021 If anything, the film doesn’t contain enough anxiety for today, unaware of modern existential fears such as climate change, a far worse homelessness crisis, extreme political division — so many ways to buy it. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021 The Indian government is apparently unaware of the backlash that brands face for using Urdu in their ad campaigns. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 18 Dec. 2021 The two made small talk, unaware that Ms. Sebold had passed Mr. Broadwater on the street and was watching their exchange. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2021 The children in the image seem unbothered and unaware of their differences. Ariel Henley, Wired, 6 Dec. 2021 Her steady barber assures her that the loud, crude barber is new and unaware of shop rules, reinforcing his behavior as an unacceptable outlier. Essence, 6 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of unaware


1696, in the meaning defined above


1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unaware was in 1581

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“Unaware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaware. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of unaware

: not having knowledge about something : not aware


un·​aware | \ ˌən-ə-ˈwer How to pronounce unaware (audio) \

Kids Definition of unaware

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Kids Definition of unaware (Entry 2 of 2)

: not having knowledge : not aware They're unaware of the danger.

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