verb (used with or without object), a·woke or a·waked, a·woke or a·waked or a·wo·ken, a·wak·ing.
Origin of awake
Related Words for awakingvigilant, attentive, cognizant, alive, aware, rouse, awaken, knowing, waking, excited, roused, aroused, call, stir, wake, arise, activate, enliven, incite, excite
Examples from the Web for awaking
Contemporary Examples of awaking
Awaking the next day, it hardly matters to my life that another victory will have to await next season.Who Cares What Tiger Did?
November 28, 2009
Historical Examples of awaking
But evidently she aroused herself, as if just awaking from sleep.The Dream
The Minister had experienced, on awaking, the most unpleasant of emotions.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
A drowsiness possessed me; I felt like one awaking from a dream.The Book of Khalid
Then Abbe Mouret, awaking with a start, turned horribly pale.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
I think it will pass like a dream—like going to bed at night and awaking in the morning.The Eternal City
verb awakes, awaking, awoke, awaked, awoken or awaked
Word Origin for awake
a merger of two Middle English verbs: 1. awaken, from Old English awæcnan (earlier onwæcnan; strong, past tense awoc, past participle awacen) "to awake, arise, originate," from a "on" + wacan "to arise, become awake" (see wake (v.)); and 2. awakien, from Old English awacian (weak, past participle awacode) "to awaken, revive; arise; originate, spring from," from a "on" (see a (2)) + wacian "to be awake, remain awake, watch" (see watch (v.)).
Both originally were intransitive only; the transitive sense being expressed by Middle English awecchen (from Old English aweccan) until later Middle English. In Modern English, the tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense and past participle (awoke, awoken) to the original intransitive sense and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete (see wake (v.); also cf. awaken).
"not asleep," c.1300, shortened from awaken, past participle of Old English awæcnan (see awaken).