[ uh-wair ]
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  1. having knowledge; conscious; cognizant: aware of danger.

  2. informed; alert; knowledgeable; sophisticated: She is one of the most politically aware young women around.

Origin of aware

First recorded 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

synonym study For aware

1. See conscious.

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Opposites for aware

Other words from aware

  • a·ware·ness, noun
  • hy·per·a·ware, adjective
  • self-a·ware, adjective
  • well-a·ware, adjective

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How to use aware in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for aware


/ (əˈwɛə) /

  1. (postpositive foll by of) having knowledge; cognizant: aware of his error

  2. informed of current developments: politically aware

Origin of aware

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

Derived forms of aware

  • awareness, noun

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