- the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness: The object of the information drive is to raise awareness of what spreads HIV/AIDS.
Origin of awareness
- having knowledge; conscious; cognizant: aware of danger.
- informed; alert; knowledgeable; sophisticated: She is one of the most politically aware young women around.
Origin of aware
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1. See conscious.
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Related Wordsinformation, perception, consciousness, attention, experience, understanding, appreciation, alertness, realization, recognition, attentiveness, acquaintance, apprehension, familiarity, mindfulness, enlightenment, discernment, keenness, comprehension, cognizance
- (postpositive foll by of) having knowledge; cognizantaware of his error
- informed of current developmentspolitically 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 awarenesses
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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