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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.
1. oblivious.
Synonym Study
1. See conscious. Unabridged
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  • I am well aware of the criticism which will at once be passed on what I now advance.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • Quite the contrary; and Verloc was as well aware of that as any other revolutionist of his standing.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Nelson rejoiced that the experiment was made, but was well aware that it was an experiment.

  • Amelia turned her apples vigorously, well aware that the slices were breaking.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The pioneers were well aware of this before they left the Old World.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
British Dictionary definitions for well 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 well 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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