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awake

[uh-weyk]
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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.
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adjective
  1. waking; not sleeping.
  2. vigilant; alert: They were awake to the danger.
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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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Related Words for awake

vigilant, attentive, cognizant, alive, aware, rouse, awaken, knowing, waking, excited, roused, aroused, call, stir, wake, arise, activate, enliven, incite, excite

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Historical Examples of awake

  • 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

    George MacDonald

  • The friends of pure and undefiled religion must awake to this danger.

  • 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

    Alice Brown


British Dictionary definitions for awake

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)
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adjective (postpositive)
  1. not sleeping
  2. (sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
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Word Origin for awake

Old English awacian, awacan; see wake 1

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See wake 1
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Word Origin and History for 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).

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adj.

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

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