- to wake up; rouse from sleep: I awoke at six with a feeling of dread.
- to rouse to action; become active: His flagging interest awoke.
- to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often followed by to): She awoke to the realities of life.
- waking; not sleeping.
- vigilant; alert: They were awake to the danger.
Origin of awake
Examples from the Web for awake
My partner Brandon and I awake at the crack of dawn for a canoe ride on the milky blue glacial waters of Lake Louise.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
How many times have your stories kept me awake at night wondering, like a child in the dark, what monsters lurk nearby?Stephen King, “Falling,” and My Father’s Poetry
September 14, 2014
But the moment suggests to him that if he is awake, then his reality is truly stranger and more menacing than he ever imagined.
There is one intensely sexual passage in which the protagonist cannot tell if he is sleeping or awake.
Eighty-nine percent occurred when the person was awake, rather than dreaming or dozing.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
Is it that it seems a strange and hideous dream, from which we will awake and rub our eyes?Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
But how much nearer to him in reality was the child when awake and about the house?Weighed and Wanting
The friends of pure and undefiled religion must awake to this danger.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet it was incredible that Colonel Woodville and his daughter should not be awake.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
She went into her father's room, where he was awake and wondering.Meadow Grass
- to emerge or rouse from sleep; wake
- to become or cause to become alert
- (usually foll by to) to become or make aware (of)to awake to reality
- Also: awaken (tr) to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)
- not sleeping
- (sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
Word Origin and History for awake
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).
"not asleep," c.1300, shortened from awaken, past participle of Old English awæcnan (see awaken).