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From Middle English awaken, from Old English awacan, from a- (intensive prefix) + wacan (wake).



awake (comparative more awake, superlative most awake) (predicative only)

  1. Not asleep; conscious.
  2. (by extension) Alert, aware.





awake (third-person singular simple present awakes, present participle awaking, simple past awoke or (rare) awaked, past participle awoken, awaked, or (rare) awoke)

  1. (intransitive) To become conscious after having slept.
  2. (transitive) To cause (somebody) to stop sleeping.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XVI:
      Than the good man awaked Sir Galahad and bade him aryse [...].
  3. (transitive) to excite or to stir up something latent.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To rouse from a state of inaction or dormancy.
  5. (intransitive, figuratively) To come out of a state of inaction or dormancy.
    • Freeman
      The national spirit again awoke.
    • Bible, 1 Corinthians xv. 34
      Awake to righteousness, and sin not.



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See also[edit]


  • awake” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • awake” in Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "awake" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.
  • awake in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • awake in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913ar:awake

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