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awake

[uh-weyk]
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verb (used with or without object), a·woke or a·waked, a·woke or a·waked or a·wo·ken, a·wak·ing.
  1. to wake up; rouse from sleep: I awoke at six with a feeling of dread.
  2. to rouse to action; become active: His flagging interest awoke.
  3. to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often followed by to): She awoke to the realities of life.
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adjective
  1. waking; not sleeping.
  2. vigilant; alert: They were awake to the danger.
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Origin of awake

before 1000; Middle English awaken, Old English awacen, past participle of awæcnan; see a1, waken
Related formsa·wake·a·ble, adjectivehalf-a·wake, adjectivere·a·wake, verb, re·a·woke or re·a·waked, re·a·wak·ing.un·a·wake, adjectiveun·a·wake·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·waked, adjectiveun·a·wak·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for reawoke

Historical Examples

  • It reawoke in him an inclination to speculation and experiment.

    The History of Sir Richard Calmady

    Lucas Malet

  • The presence of Danton in the hall of the Jacobins reawoke, re-excited the people.

  • This was Heidi's great sorrow, which reawoke each time she thought about the darkness.

    Heidi

    Johanna Spyri

  • And, suddenly, all her former bitterness against him reawoke; she wished to scold, to reproach him.

    Resurrection

    Leo Tolstoy

  • But soon those passions, which you had had the art to lull to sleep, reawoke in my being; it was impossible for me to resist them.


British Dictionary definitions for reawoke

awake

verb awakes, awaking, awoke, awaked, awoken or awaked
  1. to emerge or rouse from sleep; wake
  2. to become or cause to become alert
  3. (usually foll by to) to become or make aware (of)to awake to reality
  4. Also: awaken (tr) to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)
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adjective (postpositive)
  1. not sleeping
  2. (sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
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Word Origin

Old English awacian, awacan; see wake 1

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See wake 1
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Word Origin and History for reawoke

awake

v.

a merger of two Middle English verbs: 1. awaken, from Old English awæcnan (earlier onwæcnan; strong, past tense awoc, past participle awacen) "to awake, arise, originate," from a "on" + wacan "to arise, become awake" (see wake (v.)); and 2. awakien, from Old English awacian (weak, past participle awacode) "to awaken, revive; arise; originate, spring from," from a "on" (see a (2)) + wacian "to be awake, remain awake, watch" (see watch (v.)).

Both originally were intransitive only; the transitive sense being expressed by Middle English awecchen (from Old English aweccan) until later Middle English. In Modern English, the tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense and past participle (awoke, awoken) to the original intransitive sense and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete (see wake (v.); also cf. awaken).

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awake

adj.

"not asleep," c.1300, shortened from awaken, past participle of Old English awæcnan (see awaken).

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