[ uh-wair ]
/ əˈwɛər /


having knowledge; conscious; cognizant: aware of danger.
informed; alert; knowledgeable; sophisticated: She is one of the most politically aware young women around.

Nearby words

  1. awaken,
  2. awakening,
  3. award,
  4. award wage,
  5. awardee,
  6. awareness,
  7. awash,
  8. awato,
  9. away,
  10. away goal

Origin of aware

before 1100; Middle English, variant of iwar, Old English gewær watchful (cognate with Old High German, Old Saxon giwar, German gewahr), equivalent to ge- y- + wær ware2

Related formsa·ware·ness, nounhy·per·a·ware, adjectiveself-a·ware, adjectivewell-a·ware, adjective

Synonym study

1. See conscious. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aware


/ (əˈwɛə) /


(postpositive foll by of) having knowledge; cognizantaware of his error
informed of current developmentspolitically aware
Derived Formsawareness, noun

Word Origin for aware

Old English gewær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar Latin verērī to be fearful; see beware, wary

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Word Origin and History for aware



late Old English gewær, from Proto-Germanic *ga-waraz (cf. Old Saxon giwar, Middle Dutch gheware, Old High German giwar, German gewahr), from *ga-, intensive prefix, + wær "wary, cautious" (see wary).

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