rousing; quickening: an awakening interest in ballet.
the act of awaking from sleep.
a revival of interest or attention.
a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something: a rude awakening to the disagreeable facts.
a renewal of interest in religion, especially in a community; a revival.
- a·wak·en·ing·ly, adverb
- re·a·wak·en·ing, noun
- un·a·wak·en·ing, adjective
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How to use awakening in a sentence
Though more of a comedy than a romance, this tender portrait of a teenager’s sexual awakening is equal parts sensitive, funny and sweet.The Best Teen Rom-Coms to Watch After You Finish the To All the Boys Trilogy | Annabel Gutterman | February 12, 2021 | Time
It was like a culinary awakening for me, all the fresh markets and the importance of ingredients.
Four years into climate awakening and action, Peter felt he had accomplished nearly zero.The Climate Crisis Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. Here’s What Happens If You Try. | by Elizabeth Weil | January 25, 2021 | ProPublica
Still, as I look back on 2020, I see a year of great reflection, awakening, and resiliency.Communication and courage: The top 5 corporate leadership lessons from 2020 | matthewheimer | December 31, 2020 | Fortune
The pandemic, its economic impacts, and the social and racial awakening that marked this year have driven corporate leaders to seek a more just form of capitalism.The challenges of 2020 are making corporate boards stronger and better | matthewheimer | December 29, 2020 | Fortune
On Monday night, a major moment in New York history will get a Royal awakening.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site | Justin Jones | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a little bit like an awakening, and I just stuck with it.
Her screams attracted attention, awakening one man who lived on the seventh floor of a nine-story building across the street.
For some, it sped up a process of awakening that may have taken years.
“There has been an awakening,” a British defense official told The Daily Beast.
The Duke found no difficulty in awakening the wishes, which were necessary to his scheme, in the mind of young Lorraine.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
In that sudden awakening had occurred the very psychological climax required to reveal the passionate emotion accumulated below.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
The result was a new interest in Greek learning in all its branches, and a very rapid awakening of the scientific spirit.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
I don't doubt you will find more than one affinity if you are awakening; that is merely the mating instinct.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
It was as if the spirit of life and the awakening spring had given back the soul to her youth and bade her rejoice.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for awakening
the start of a feeling or awareness in a person: a picture of an emotional awakening
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