From Middle English aware, iwar, iware, ywar, from Old English ġewær (“aware, wary, cautious”), from ġe- (intensifying prefix) (English a-) + wær (English ware), from Proto-Germanic *gawaraz, *waraz (“aware, watchful, heedful, cautious”), from Proto-Indo-European *worós (“attentive”). Cognate with Dutch gewaar (“aware, conscious”), German gewahr (“aware”), Swedish var (“watchful, wary, cautious”), Icelandic varr (“aware, watchful”). Replaced plain (unintensified) ware.
- Vigilant or on one's guard against danger or difficulty.
- Stay aware! Don't let your guard down.
- Conscious or having knowledge of something.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, The Mirror and the Lamp:
- “[…] This is Mr. Churchill, who, as you are aware, is good enough to come to us for his diaconate, and, as we hope, for much longer; and being a gentleman of independent means, he declines to take any payment.” Saying this Walden rubbed his hands together and smiled contentedly.
- Are you aware of what is being said about you?
- (on one's guard): wary, watchful, sensitive, alert, attentive, observant
- (conscious of something): apprised, informed, cognizant, conscious, mindful
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