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awoken

[uh-woh-kuh n]
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verb
  1. a past participle of awake.

awake

[uh-weyk]
verb (used with or without object), a·woke or a·waked, a·woke or a·waked or a·wo·ken, a·wak·ing.
  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
  1. waking; not sleeping.
  2. 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 formsa·wake·a·ble, adjectivehalf-a·wake, adjectivere·a·wake, verb, re·a·woke or re·a·waked, re·a·wak·ing.un·a·wake, adjectiveun·a·wake·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·waked, adjectiveun·a·wak·ing, adjective
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  • The next morning we were awoken by hearing a great noise in the village.

    Charley Laurel

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • From this petrified state, he was awoken by a hand touching his shoulder.

    Siddhartha

    Herman Hesse

  • Now, he was nothing but Siddhartha, the awoken one, nothing else was left.

    Siddhartha

    Herman Hesse

  • He was awoken by the voice of Oliver Marston loudly calling him.

    Antony Waymouth

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The moment when he had just awoken from sleep was always a horrible one for him.


British Dictionary definitions for awoken

awake

verb awakes, awaking, awoke, awaked, awoken or 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. Also: awaken (tr) to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)
adjective (postpositive)
  1. not sleeping
  2. (sometimes foll by to) lively or alert

Word Origin

Old English awacian, awacan; see wake 1

xref

See wake 1
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Word Origin and History for awoken

past participle of awake (v.); also see awaken. The tendency has been to restrict the strong past participle (awoken) 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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