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unawares

[ uhn-uh-wairz ]
/ ˌʌn əˈwɛərz /
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Definition of unawares

adverb
while not aware or conscious of a thing oneself; unknowingly or inadvertently.
without warning; by surprise; suddenly; unexpectedly: to come upon someone unawares.
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Origin of unawares

First recorded in 1525–35; unaware + -s1
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British Dictionary definitions for unawares

unawares
/ (ˌʌnəˈwɛəz) /

adverb
without prior warning or plan; unexpectedlyshe caught him unawares
without being aware of or knowinghe lost it unawares
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