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From Middle English awaken or awakien, from Old English awacan or awacian, from a- (intensive prefix) + wacan or wacian. Compare Saterland Frisian woak (awake), German Low German waak (awake), German wach (awake).


  • IPA(key): /əˈweɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪk


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

  1. Not asleep; conscious.
    Synonyms: conscious, lucid, wide awake
    Antonyms: asleep, unconscious
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Alert, aware.
    They were awake to the possibility of a decline in sales.

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

  1. (intransitive) To become conscious after having slept.
    Synonyms: awaken, wake up
    Antonym: fall asleep
    • (Can we date this quote?) Salvador Dalí
      Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali.
  2. (transitive) To cause (somebody) to stop sleeping.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter primum, in Le Morte Darthur, book XVII:
      Thenne she called the heremyte syre Vlfyn I am a gentylwoman that wold speke with the knyght whiche is with yow / Thenne the good man awaked Galahad / & badde hym aryse and speke with a gentylwoman that semeth hath grete nede of yow / Thenne Galahad wente to her & asked her what she wold
    • 1665 Robert Hooke, Micrographia
      [This ant] I ſuffered to lye above an hour in the Spirit; and after I had taken it out, and put its body and legs into a natural poſture, remained moveleſs about an hour; but then , upon a ſudden, as if it had been awaken out of a drunken ſleep, it ſuddenly reviv'd and ran away...
  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.

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