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[uh-weyk] /əˈweɪk/
verb (used with or without object), awoke or awaked, awoke or awaked or awoken, awaking.
to wake up; rouse from sleep:
I awoke at six with a feeling of dread.
to rouse to action; become active:
His flagging interest awoke.
to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often followed by to):
She awoke to the realities of life.
waking; not sleeping.
vigilant; alert:
They were awake to the danger.
Origin of awake
before 1000; Middle English awaken, Old English awacen, past participle of awæcnan; see a1, waken
Related forms
awakeable, adjective
half-awake, adjective
reawake, verb, reawoke or reawaked, reawaking.
unawake, adjective
unawakeable, adjective
unawaked, adjective
unawaking, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for awaked
Historical Examples
  • You must be awaked to the affairs of the world—especially such an affair as this.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • At last there came an answer, as though the speaker had just awaked.

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
  • Frequently after awaking I was distinctly aware of what movements of hers had awaked me.

    The Story of the Mind James Mark Baldwin
  • Perhaps it was the noise that had awaked him; and he was just in the act of hastening forward to the rescue.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • The dog had not awaked until the first cry of François roused him.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • That night I was awaked from sleep by hearing a low cry of distress.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • Unceremoniously Stair Garland awaked Louis from his drowse in the cave's mouth.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • It was indeed the nineteenth century to which I had awaked; there could be no kind of doubt about that.

    Looking Backward Edward Bellamy
  • Robert had visited him from time to time, but he had not awaked.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • When I awaked I was in a lake, sweat from head to foot, and all my body in a tremble.

British Dictionary definitions for awaked


verb awakes, awaking, awoke, awaked, awoken, awaked
to emerge or rouse from sleep; wake
to become or cause to become alert
(usually foll by to) to become or make aware (of): to awake to reality
(transitive) Also awaken. to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)
adjective (postpositive)
not sleeping
(sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
Word Origin
Old English awacian, awacan; see wake1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for awaked



a merger of two Middle English verbs: 1. awaken, from Old English awæcnan (earlier onwæcnan; strong, past tense awoc, past participle awacen) "to awake, arise, originate," from a "on" + wacan "to arise, become awake" (see wake (v.)); and 2. awakien, from Old English awacian (weak, past participle awacode) "to awaken, revive; arise; originate, spring from," from a "on" (see a (2)) + wacian "to be awake, remain awake, watch" (see watch (v.)).

Both originally were intransitive only; the transitive sense being expressed by Middle English awecchen (from Old English aweccan) until later Middle English. In Modern English, the tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense and past participle (awoke, awoken) to the original intransitive sense and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete (see wake (v.); also cf. awaken).



"not asleep," c.1300, shortened from awaken, past participle of Old English awæcnan (see awaken).

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