Origin of awakening
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of awaken
Examples from the Web for awakening
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.
Shortly after his ninth birthday, Edwards experienced a “season of awakening.”The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards, Malign Evangelist|Matthew Paul Turner|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That harsh call to return rang in their hearts by day and by night, awakening home-sickness and desire.The Outrage|Annie Vivanti
On their awakening, however, a very disagreeable surprise awaited them.The Indian Scout|Gustave Aimard
When he was eighteen years of age, an awakening occurred among the young people of his neighborhood.Sermons of Christmas Evans|Joseph Cross
So I welcome, rather than fear, the over-susceptibility of the awakening senses to external sights and sounds.A Strange Story, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Awakening at dawn to find a cloudless sky, I crawled out, pushed off, and was in Glendive before six o'clock.Down the Yellowstone|Lewis R. Freeman
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.