awaken

[ uh-wey-kuh n ]
/ əˈweɪ kən /

verb (used with or without object)

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

OTHER WORDS FROM awaken

a·wak·en·a·ble, adjectivea·wak·en·er, nounre·a·wak·en, verbwell-a·wak·ened, adjective

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Definition for reawakening (2 of 2)

awakening
[ uh-wey-kuh-ning ]
/ əˈweɪ kə nɪŋ /

adjective

rousing; quickening: an awakening interest in ballet.

noun

the act of awaking from sleep.
a revival of interest or attention.
a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something: a rude awakening to the disagreeable facts.
a renewal of interest in religion, especially in a community; a revival.

Origin of awakening

First recorded in 1585–95; awaken + -ing2, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM awakening

a·wak·en·ing·ly, adverbre·a·wak·en·ing, nounun·a·wak·en·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reawakening

awakening
/ (əˈweɪkənɪŋ, əˈweɪknɪŋ) /

noun

the start of a feeling or awareness in a persona picture of an emotional awakening
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