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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How to use unawares in a sentence
It’s bad news if a flash flood comes when people are caught unawares, stuck at home, or in traffic.
I found it extremely disheartening that even after so many years of dealing with the war’s aftershocks, I can still be caught unawares of their intensity.
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Know where your risks are, so that you’re not caught unawares when it happens.Why a global chip shortage is screwing up America’s pickup trucks | Rebecca Heilweil | April 9, 2021 | Vox
Such a woman would be much more difficult to catch unawares than a teenage escort trapped in a motel room.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start | Michael Daly | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As a result, journalists are often caught unawares when they pop.
And yet strange stuff happens all the time that takes investors and traders completely unawares.
Joined by international and Israeli activists, all wearing tee-shirts that read “I have a dream,” they caught the army unawares.
The Italian fleet was caught unawares by British warships, who sunk three cruisers and two destroyers.
This he did till an evil day when Aunty Rosa pounced upon him unawares and told him that he was "acting a lie."Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
And hence, possibly, arose the disquieting sensation that something was gathering, something that might take them unawares.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Instantly the captain sought to take advantage of it, thinking to catch Garnache unawares.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
He did not dare to call assistance; an unguarded word might have slipped out unawares.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Queeker had been taken unawares, but he pressed his knees together, knitted his brows, and resolved not to be so taken again.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for unawares
without prior warning or plan; unexpectedly: she caught him unawares
without being aware of or knowing: he lost it unawares
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