- to awake; waken.
Origin of awaken
Examples from the Web for awaken
I get lifted by yearning, as if I were going to melt into him again, then I awaken to reality and seek to quiet my feelings.“I hear Gore’s voice and I want so much to be with him”
October 26, 2013
Half a year earlier, he presciently said Sunnis had begun to “awaken” (his word) in Anbar Province.Iraq War 10th Anniversary: What Does Fiasco Mean?
John Kael Weston
March 18, 2013
Zionism hardly resolved my problems of modern Jewish identity, but it did awaken my pride in peoplehood.Deep Unfairness
April 25, 2012
The New York Times has only recently begun to awaken from its 10-year slumber.Ethnic Spying Scandal Swells As Ray Kelly’s NYPD Oversteps Its Bounds
February 23, 2012
We need artists and filmmakers to awaken America to the disaster ahead.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
February 12, 2011
Poor Omar Ben was a sight to awaken pity, even in the stoniest of hearts.A Night Out
But her interest in his hobby for once failed to awaken his enthusiasm.Viviette
William J. Locke
He looked her in the face, but saw nothing to awaken his distrust.Other Tales and Sketches
He was waiting now for Wotan to awaken and to give to him the beautiful Freya.Opera Stories from Wagner
"We would not be so willing to go to sleep if we thought we should not awaken," said the violet.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
Word Origin and History for awaken
Old English awæcnan (intransitive), "to spring into being, arise, originate," also, less often, "to wake up;" earlier onwæcnan, from a- (1) "on" + wæcnan (see waken). Transitive meaning "to rouse from sleep" is recorded from 1510s; figurative sense of "to stir up, rouse to activity" is from c.1600.
Originally strong declension (past tense awoc, past participle awacen), already in Old English it was confused with awake (v.) and a weak past tense awæcnede (modern awakened) emerged and has since become the accepted form, with awoke and awoken transferred to awake. Subtle shades of distinction determine the use of awake or awaken in modern English. Related: Awakening.