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awoke

[uh-wohk] /əˈwoʊk/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of awake.

awake

[uh-weyk] /əˈweɪk/
verb (used with or without object), awoke or awaked, awoke or awaked or awoken, awaking.
1.
to wake up; rouse from sleep:
I awoke at six with a feeling of dread.
2.
to rouse to action; become active:
His flagging interest awoke.
3.
to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often followed by to):
She awoke to the realities of life.
adjective
4.
waking; not sleeping.
5.
vigilant; alert:
They were awake to the danger.
Origin of awake
1000
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
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  • She awoke Milza, and desired that the household might be summoned.

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  • They awoke one morning to find the car on a siding at the One Girl mine.

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  • When he awoke the cold light of the morning was stealing in.

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  • I awoke this morning to see the bright sunshine flooding my garret.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • When the night was far advanced, Mary awoke with a sudden start.

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British Dictionary definitions for awoke

awoke

/əˈwəʊk/
verb
1.
a past tense or (now rare or dialectal) past participle of awake

awake

/əˈweɪk/
verb awakes, awaking, awoke, awaked, awoken, awaked
1.
to emerge or rouse from sleep; wake
2.
to become or cause to become alert
3.
(usually foll by to) to become or make aware (of): to awake to reality
4.
(transitive) Also awaken. to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)
adjective (postpositive)
5.
not sleeping
6.
(sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
Word Origin
Old English awacian, awacan; see wake1
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Word Origin and History for awoke

past tense of awake (v.), from Old English awoc; also see awaken. The tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense (awoke) to the original intransitive sense of awake and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete.

awake

v.

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).

awake

adj.

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

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