verb (used with or without object)
Origin of awaken
Examples from the Web for reawaken
When Mercury hits Virgo, on Friday, it will reawaken dormant conflicts with loved ones.
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.
Could Helen have suspected that, with Pen's returning strength, his unhappy partiality for little Fanny would also reawaken?The History of Pendennis|William Makepeace Thackeray
Originally, he endeavoured to reawaken the memory of the sexual trauma by means of the induction of profound hypnosis.The Sexual Life of the Child|Albert Moll
He dropped his head upon his hand too, as trying to reawaken something he had lost.The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain|Charles Dickens
The storm in the heavens will pass by, but the tempest caused by a raging mob will reawaken with double fury."Unto Caesar"|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
I had gone into the club seeking distraction from my thoughts, trying to reawaken my old sympathies.A Witch of the Hills, v. 2-2|Florence Warden
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.