awaken

[uh-wey-kuh n]
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Origin of awaken

before 900; Middle English awak(e)nen, Old English awæcnian earlier onwæcnian. See a-1, waken
Related formsa·wak·en·a·ble, adjectivea·wak·en·er, nounre·a·wak·en, verbwell-a·wak·ened, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of reawaken

  • When Mercury hits Virgo, on Friday, it will reawaken dormant conflicts with loved ones.

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    Your Week: What the Stars Hold

    Starsky + Cox

    September 4, 2011

  • You just might reawaken their dreams or even one of your own, and one day when you least expect it, you will dream big again.

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    Death of the American Dream?

    Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

    January 8, 2011

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British Dictionary definitions for reawaken

reawaken

verb
  1. to emerge or rouse from sleep
  2. to become or make aware of (something) again
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Word Origin and History for reawaken

awaken

v.

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.

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