verb (used with or without object)
Origin of awaken
Origin of awakening
Examples from the Web for reawakening
But there are signs that the grassroots operation is reawakening in a big way.
Jeanne felt a vague excitement in the presence of this reawakening of the fields and woods.The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8)|Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
Whilst walking along Marcel and Musette continued thus on the open Boulevard the comedy of reawakening love.Bohemians of the Latin Quarter|Henry Murger
But the new voice was stilled into nothingness by the shrill, reawakening falsetto.Thoroughbreds|W. A. Fraser
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.