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[uh-wair] /əˈwɛər/
having knowledge; conscious; cognizant:
aware of danger.
informed; alert; knowledgeable; sophisticated:
She is one of the most politically aware young women around.
Origin of aware
before 1100; Middle English, variant of iwar, Old English gewær watchful (cognate with Old High German, Old Saxon giwar, German gewahr), equivalent to ge- y- + wær ware2
Related forms
awareness, noun
hyperaware, adjective
self-aware, adjective
well-aware, adjective
1. mindful. See conscious.
1. oblivious. Unabridged
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  • Neither he nor his friends were aware at the time of their importance.

    Archibald Hughson W.H.G. Kingston
  • From the beginning, he was aware that his first step must be to ascertain that she was not mistaken.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Fortunately I was aware of your destination and knew that we should meet.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • We find ourselves in the midst of the struggle before we are aware.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • We're aware of the situation as well as you are—and then some.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
British Dictionary definitions for aware


(postpositive) foll by of. having knowledge; cognizant: aware of his error
informed of current developments: politically aware
Derived Forms
awareness, noun
Word Origin
Old English gewær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar Latin verērī to be fearful; see beware, wary
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Word Origin and History for aware

late Old English gewær, from Proto-Germanic *ga-waraz (cf. Old Saxon giwar, Middle Dutch gheware, Old High German giwar, German gewahr), from *ga-, intensive prefix, + wær "wary, cautious" (see wary).

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