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[uh-wair]
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adjective
  1. having knowledge; conscious; cognizant: aware of danger.
  2. 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 formsa·ware·ness, nounhy·per·a·ware, adjectiveself-a·ware, adjectivewell-a·ware, adjective

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1. mindful.

Synonym study

1. See conscious.

Antonyms

1. oblivious.
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aware

adjective
  1. (postpositive foll by of) having knowledge; cognizantaware of his error
  2. informed of current developmentspolitically aware
Derived Formsawareness, 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

adj.

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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