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awaken

[uh-wey-kuh n]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to awake; waken.
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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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  • Her heart ached with a reawakened sense of the cruel unfairness of life.

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    Louis Joseph Vance

  • All the latent tenderness in that fierce heart had reawakened.

  • Constance turned toward him with an air of reawakened interest.

    Jerry

    Jean Webster

  • The change in him startled her and reawakened all the love she'd ever felt for him.

  • Public curiosity was reawakened and that evening the circus was crowded.


Word Origin and History for reawakened

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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