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awake

[ uh-weyk ]
/ əˈweɪk /
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verb (used with or without object), a·woke [uh-wohk] /əˈwoʊk/ or a·waked, a·woke or a·waked or a·wo·ken [uh-woh-kuhn], /əˈwoʊ kən/, a·wak·ing.

to wake up; rouse from sleep: I awoke at six with a feeling of dread.
to rouse to action; become active: His flagging interest awoke.
to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often followed by to): She awoke to the realities of life.

adjective

waking; not sleeping.
vigilant; alert: They were awake to the danger.

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Origin of awake

First recorded before 1000; Middle English awaken, Old English awacen, past participle of awæcnan; see a1, waken
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British Dictionary definitions for awake

awake
/ (əˈweɪk) /

verb awakes, awaking, awoke, awaked, awoken or awaked

to emerge or rouse from sleep; wake
to become or cause to become alert
(usually foll by to) to become or make aware (of)to awake to reality
Also: awaken (tr) to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)

adjective (postpositive)

not sleeping
(sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
Old English awacian, awacan; see wake 1
See wake 1
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