awakening

[ uh-wey-kuh-ning ]
/ əˈweɪ kə nɪŋ /

adjective

rousing; quickening: an awakening interest in ballet.

noun

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.

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Origin of awakening

First recorded in 1585–95; awaken + -ing2, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM awakening

a·wak·en·ing·ly, adverbre·a·wak·en·ing, nounun·a·wak·en·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for awakening

awakening
/ (əˈweɪkənɪŋ, əˈweɪknɪŋ) /

noun

the start of a feeling or awareness in a persona picture of an emotional awakening
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