- to awake; waken.
Origin of awaken
Examples from the Web for re-awaken
No cause came to her with force enough to re-awaken her enthusiasms.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
Are there any minds in which they do not re-awaken some sorrow, or some trouble?The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain
Alas, centuries will pass before they re-awaken from their present stupor.The Carlovingian Coins
The mighty fist of the dead praefect had mayhap laid the creature low; in any case it were not safe to re-awaken dormant memories."Unto Caesar"
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
It is the glad ministry of His grace to re-awaken silent chords, to restore broken harps, to “put new songs” in our mouths.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
John Henry Jowett
Word Origin and History for re-awaken
Old English awæcnan (intransitive), "to spring into being, arise, originate," also, less often, "to wake up;" earlier onwæcnan, from a- (1) "on" + wæcnan (see waken). Transitive meaning "to rouse from sleep" is recorded from 1510s; figurative sense of "to stir up, rouse to activity" is from c.1600.
Originally strong declension (past tense awoc, past participle awacen), already in Old English it was confused with awake (v.) and a weak past tense awæcnede (modern awakened) emerged and has since become the accepted form, with awoke and awoken transferred to awake. Subtle shades of distinction determine the use of awake or awaken in modern English. Related: Awakening.