awakening

[ uh-wey-kuh-ning ]
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adjective
  1. rousing; quickening: an awakening interest in ballet.

noun
  1. the act of awaking from sleep.

  2. a revival of interest or attention.

  1. a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something: a rude awakening to the disagreeable facts.

  2. a renewal of interest in religion, especially in a community; a revival.

Origin of awakening

1
First recorded in 1585–95; awaken + -ing2, -ing1

Other words from awakening

  • a·wak·en·ing·ly, adverb
  • re·a·wak·en·ing, noun
  • un·a·wak·en·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for awakening

awakening

/ (əˈweɪkənɪŋ, əˈweɪknɪŋ) /


noun
  1. the start of a feeling or awareness in a person: a picture of an emotional awakening

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