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[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


  1. rousing; quickening: an awakening interest in ballet.
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  1. the act of awaking from sleep.
  2. a revival of interest or attention.
  3. a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something: a rude awakening to the disagreeable facts.
  4. a renewal of interest in religion, especially in a community; a revival.
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Origin of awakening

First recorded in 1585–95; awaken + -ing2, -ing1
Related formsa·wak·en·ing·ly, adverbre·a·wak·en·ing, nounun·a·wak·en·ing, adjective
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Related Words for reawakening

rouse, rejuvenate, enliven, arouse, awaken, rekindle, restore, repair, strengthen, relieve, brighten, renovate, revitalize, rally, resuscitate, animate, recover, quicken, console, solace

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Historical Examples of reawakening

  • But the new voice was stilled into nothingness by the shrill, reawakening falsetto.


    W. A. Fraser

  • According to this same theory the reawakening of an older impression is an ecphory.


    Henry Stanton

  • Nor was the reawakening of the community by any means confined to the boys and girls.

  • I have seen signs of the reawakening of greed, of selfishness.

    Armageddon--2419 A.D.

    Philip Francis Nowlan

  • Before this, however, there were symptoms of the reawakening of a dormant idea.

    The Pictorial Press

    Mason Jackson

British Dictionary definitions for reawakening


  1. the start of a feeling or awareness in a persona picture of an emotional awakening
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Word Origin and History for reawakening



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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