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



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 or awaked or (rare) awoke)

  1. (intransitive) To become conscious after having slept.
    • Salvador Dalí (1904-1989):
      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
  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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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, 1913