verb (used with or without object)
Origin of awaken
Examples from the Web for awaken
I get lifted by yearning, as if I were going to melt into him again, then I awaken to reality and seek to quiet my feelings.“I hear Gore’s voice and I want so much to be with him”|Anaïs Nin|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Half a year earlier, he presciently said Sunnis had begun to “awaken” (his word) in Anbar Province.
Zionism hardly resolved my problems of modern Jewish identity, but it did awaken my pride in peoplehood.
The New York Times has only recently begun to awaken from its 10-year slumber.Ethnic Spying Scandal Swells As Ray Kelly’s NYPD Oversteps Its Bounds|Leonard Levitt|February 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We need artists and filmmakers to awaken America to the disaster ahead.
Cestus, ses′tus, n. the girdle of Venus, which had power to awaken love: an ancient boxing-glove loaded with lead or iron.
Keep your name free from stain, and your heart open to such noble emotions as awaken tears like those.What Will He Do With It, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He could not comprehend how his simple, truthful, unostentatious story could awaken such unkind feelings, such baseless slanders.Stanley's Adventures in the Wilds of Africa|Joel Tyler Headley and William Fletcher Johnson
Rather than awaken from a dream and find everything a delusion, he would take his own life.Narcissus|Evelyn Scott
Had she known the bitter truth, Beatrix would not have wished to awaken again in this world.Her Dark Inheritance|Mrs. E. Burke Collins
Word Origin and History for awaken
Old English awæcnan (intransitive), "to spring into being, arise, originate," also, less often, "to wake up;" earlier onwæcnan, from a- (1) "on" + wæcnan (see waken). Transitive meaning "to rouse from sleep" is recorded from 1510s; figurative sense of "to stir up, rouse to activity" is from c.1600.
Originally strong declension (past tense awoc, past participle awacen), already in Old English it was confused with awake (v.) and a weak past tense awæcnede (modern awakened) emerged and has since become the accepted form, with awoke and awoken transferred to awake. Subtle shades of distinction determine the use of awake or awaken in modern English. Related: Awakening.