awake

[ uh-weyk ]
/ əˈweɪk /

verb (used with or without object), a·woke or a·waked, a·woke or a·waked or a·wo·ken, 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.

Origin of awake

before 1000; Middle English awaken, Old English awacen, past participle of awæcnan; see a1, waken

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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

Word Origin for awake

Old English awacian, awacan; see wake 1

xref

See wake 1
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