- a simple past tense and past participle of awake.
- 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.
Origin of awake
Examples from the Web for awoke
When he awoke, his arm was allegedly being mauled by a Border Patrol dog.Drug Smuggler Sues U.S. Over Dog Bite
December 10, 2014
Tankleff, a 17-year-old, awoke one morning to find his parents brutally beaten and stabbed.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
I awoke to the most glorious weather, that brilliant, white sun-filled light that has long drawn artists like Picasso here.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
I saw them every morning when I awoke and every evening when I climbed into bed.Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning
July 28, 2014
I awoke on May 28, 2014, ready for a powerful day of filming and to do some great work.Common: Maya Angelou ‘Touched My Soul’
May 31, 2014
She awoke Milza, and desired that the household might be summoned.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They awoke one morning to find the car on a siding at the One Girl mine.
When he awoke the cold light of the morning was stealing in.
I awoke this morning to see the bright sunshine flooding my garret.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
When the night was far advanced, Mary awoke with a sudden start.The Wives of The Dead
- a past tense or (now rare or dialectal) past participle of 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)
- not sleeping
- (sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
Word Origin and History for awoke
a merger of two Middle English verbs: 1. awaken, from Old English awæcnan (earlier onwæcnan; strong, past tense awoc, past participle awacen) "to awake, arise, originate," from a "on" + wacan "to arise, become awake" (see wake (v.)); and 2. awakien, from Old English awacian (weak, past participle awacode) "to awaken, revive; arise; originate, spring from," from a "on" (see a (2)) + wacian "to be awake, remain awake, watch" (see watch (v.)).
Both originally were intransitive only; the transitive sense being expressed by Middle English awecchen (from Old English aweccan) until later Middle English. In Modern English, the tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense and past participle (awoke, awoken) to the original intransitive sense and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete (see wake (v.); also cf. awaken).
"not asleep," c.1300, shortened from awaken, past participle of Old English awæcnan (see awaken).