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.
waking; not sleeping.
vigilant; alert: They were awake to the danger.
- a·wake·a·ble, adjective
- half-a·wake, adjective
- re·a·wake, verb, re·a·woke or re·a·waked, re·a·wak·ing.
- un·a·wake, adjective
- un·a·wake·a·ble, adjective
- un·a·waked, adjective
- un·a·wak·ing, adjective
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How to use awake in a sentence
She awoke Randy, Wright’s father, thinking, No, this is too early.For undrafted NFL rookies, the odds were even longer this year. Isaiah Wright made it anyway. | Sam Fortier | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
He agreed to make the box, then he stayed awake in bed for hours that night coming up with a design for it.Why this Virginia man spent days making an Alzheimer’s ‘busy box’ for a stranger | Cathy Free | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Willis plays Clay Young, described as a hardened mechanic who is part of the crew selected to stay awake and maintain the ark for the six-month journey.Bruce Willis returns to space to kick some alien derriere in Breach trailer | Jennifer Ouellette | November 12, 2020 | Ars Technica
The tactic ensures that shoppers are engaged, awake, and ready to buy as soon as the clock strikes midnight.Nov. 11 is Alibaba’s biggest day of the year. Beijing rained on the parade | eamonbarrett | November 11, 2020 | Fortune
In 1981, he awoke from a blackout in a South Dakota jail cell after his arrest for a drunken disturbance at a Sioux Falls hotel coffee shop while he was a state senator.Jim Ramstad, congressman who championed mental health and recovery issues, dies at 74 | staff reports and news services | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
Awaking the next day, it hardly matters to my life that another victory will have to await next season.
It may be that I became unconscious: certainly I had the sensation of awaking to the light of day after an interval of darkness.A Thin Ghost and Others | M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
The laity are awaking to the fact that priests are strenuously endeavouring to quench the light of reason in the fogs of faith.Ancient Faiths And Modern | Thomas Inman
She had that quiet assurance of a woman who is sure of herself, who feels that on awaking she is in her full beauty and freshness.Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete | Guy de Maupassant
On somewhat suddenly awaking, after a sleep of whose length he had no idea, Oak found that the waggon was in motion.Far from the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy
Then, upon awaking, the first act of the rancher was to ascertain his bearings, so far as it was possible to do so.The Young Ranchers | Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for awake
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)
(sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
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