Definition of awake in English:



  • 1 Stop sleeping; wake from sleep.

    ‘she awoke to find the streets covered in snow’
    • ‘Skyler awoke when the bus stopped and walked wearily from the bus.’
    • ‘She awoke when the carriage stopped with a jolt.’
    • ‘Then pain was an immense pulsation on her back that hadn't stopped since she had awoken again.’
    • ‘Her neighbour used a piece of bamboo to rouse him from sleep and eventually he awoke.’
    • ‘It was rather more like a lethargic dog who awoke from a comfortable sleep.’
    • ‘It was like the students had finally awoken from eternal sleep.’
    • ‘On Saturday morning, Londonist awoke from a sound sleep with a self-satisfied smile plastered all over one's face.’
    • ‘But… he had feigned sleep as his sty-mates awoke, and had heard them leave.’
    • ‘He said he went back to sleep and when he awoke, she was gone.’
    • ‘Everyone was sleeping soundly until they awoke with me yelling at the top of my lungs in pain.’
    • ‘I slept reasonably well, awaking only for the Erie, PA station stop.’
    • ‘After twenty minutes or so, the car came to a stop, and I awoke with the lack of movement.’
    • ‘As you awake from your troubled sleep, you realize that the group you'd dreamed about is deep in the woods.’
    • ‘The pounding on the door grew louder and Rolandon walked over to the bolted door, messed up his hair, and pinched his cheeks to make it appear that he had just awoken from sleep.’
    • ‘He felt weak all over like he had just awoken from a deep sleep.’
    • ‘Every day she awoke from sleep and either went to work or didn't.’
    • ‘Despite sleeping late, I awoke with a real humdinger of a hangover.’
    • ‘Another stint of exhausted sleep passed and Kate awoke again.’
    • ‘For one, the city that doesn't sleep has awoken even more, recovering in the face of tragedy with a determination and moxie that only New Yorkers can muster.’
    • ‘It would be as if, when Gregor Samsa awoke from his sleep to discover he had become a grotesquely huge beetle, no one was bothered by the change.’
    awaken, stir, come to, come round, bestir oneself, show signs of life, return to the land of the living
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    1. 1.1[with object]Cause (someone) to wake from sleep.
      ‘my screams awoke my parents’
      • ‘My mother came into our room when our excited cries awoke her from her sleep.’
      • ‘Four forty-five am, my alarm awakes me to remind me three hours sleep really wasn't enough.’
      • ‘A scream awoke me on the morning of my last day at Tian's tower.’
      • ‘And suddenly, he heard Kato's voice, light as if not to awake him from a sleep.’
      • ‘It rang and echoed in the quiet apartment, until it awoke Brenda's mother, sleeping in the room next-door.’
      • ‘My baby girl's need for an early morning feed awoke me and, seeing as how that's the sleep thing shot for now, I figured I might as well read.’
      • ‘Sun shines in the valley and its warmth strikes Lauren's face awaking her from sleep.’
      • ‘It was probably some idiotic unknown stranger who awoke me from my beauty sleep.’
      • ‘Only a disaster of the most profound magnitude will awake the American people.’
      • ‘The annoying buzz of my alarm clock awoke me from my dreamless sleep.’
      • ‘With the beautiful sound of songbirds singing in the tree beside our room, the gentle voices awoke Andrea from her sleep beside me.’
      • ‘Steve rushed to the door before she awoke his parents and snuck her into his bedroom.’
      • ‘A loud scream awoke me from my sleep and I sat bolt upright, staring around in wide-eyed confusion.’
      • ‘But this time there was no difficulty in awaking the person whom I wanted to meet.’
      • ‘As the dawn broke over Paris the sound of the tumbrel wheels awoke the prisoners from their fitful sleep and were soon loaded like animals to go on their last journey.’
      • ‘I was asleep in my chambers when a cry awoke me from my sleep, it came from Aurala's room.’
      • ‘With one final scream, a crash of thunder awoke her from her dream, for that's all it was, just a figment of her imagination.’
      • ‘In the end, he remained trapped between sleep and exhaustion as his momentary lapses awoke him with terrible fear.’
      • ‘Shurkom gently awoke E.D. out of a restless sleep, and announced that Robert was in need of his presence.’
      • ‘I shoved open the door and slammed it behind me, not caring if it awoke my parents.’
      awaken, waken, rouse, arouse
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    2. 1.2Regain consciousness.
      ‘I awoke none the worse for the operation’
      • ‘Later-it seemed like hour to him-Theorton awoke, still on the hospital table.’
      • ‘An hour later I awoke in my chamber with the help of smelling salts.’
      • ‘A few hours later when Maria awoke she couldn't remember where she was.’
      • ‘When I awoke, some hours later, my heart racing without a complete recollection of why, the fire had died.’
      • ‘He was knocked unconscious and awoke to find he had been robbed.’
      • ‘Jean-Dominique Bauby, a well-known Parisian journalist, has a stroke and loses consciousness; on awaking he finds himself paralysed and unable to speak.’
      • ‘After six months Rick awoke from his coma, and finds his life soon turned upside down again.’
      • ‘Kevin's senses came to him slowly as he awoke into consciousness again.’
      • ‘James' mother told the inquest her son did not lose consciousness but ‘stayed awake until the end’.’
      • ‘An hour or so later I awoke to find an orderly wheeling me to the theatre.’
      • ‘The pilot lost consciousness, but awoke in time to notice large rocks rapidly becoming larger.’
      • ‘I could feel my body beginning to awake, regaining warmth.’
      • ‘When she awoke, only half conscious, there were voices coming closer.’
      • ‘She told the court that she fell unconscious after breathing in the gas and awoke to find Haslam spreadeagled on her.’
      • ‘I stayed in a stage that was in and out of consciousness until I fully awoke sometime between five and six in the morning.’
      • ‘She said Mitchell told her he was unconscious for half an hour and awoke to his friend's screams.’
      • ‘When he awoke, two hours later, a wave of nausea swept over him.’
      • ‘After a few hours he awoke, still twitching, and stared at the ceiling for awhile, trying to figure out what to do now.’
      • ‘It was over an hour until the pair awoke from their trance.’
      • ‘He claimed he lost consciousness and awoke in the Emergency Department at the Montfort Hospital.’
      regain consciousness, recover consciousness, come round, come to life, come to one's senses, recover, wake up
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    3. 1.3Become aware of; come to a realization of.
      ‘the authorities finally awoke to the extent of the problem’
      • ‘Kirton talks a good game, and one which will be badly needed if Scotland is to awake to the realities of Ryder Cup bidding.’
      • ‘The weekly newsmagazine Veja finally awoke to the issue in the recent edition.’
      • ‘Or is this just a case of Labour awaking to the fact that their social engineering programme is about to be revoked by the electorate unless they do it themselves?’
      • ‘It is then that the battle to beat Labour in the Scottish Parliament vote steps up and Scotland awakes to the dreadful reality that it is now on a programme of non-stop campaigning.’
      • ‘Suddenly, everyone awoke to the realization that we had come to one mind, we had reached consensus.’
      • ‘Just as he was pinching himself to make sure it was all real he was injured and awoke to the reality of trials and loan deals.’
      • ‘Share prices began a steep descent, and investors gradually awoke to the reality that they had been had.’
      • ‘In recent years governments and citizens and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have begun to awake to the problem of modern-day slavery.’
      • ‘Members of Congress have begun to awake to the problem of illegal immigration.’
      • ‘The UN and NGO community only awoke to the conflict in 2004.’
      realize, become aware of, become conscious of, become cognizant of, become mindful of
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    4. 1.4Make or become active again.
      [with object] ‘there were echoes and scents which awoke some memory in me’
      • ‘I think it was this curiosity about the natural world which awoke my early interest in science.’
      • ‘The demand for intelligence rose when increasing education, hand in hand with the material advance of the bourgeoisie, awoke a desire for political action.’
      • ‘She returned there several times, which awoke curiosity and rumors.’
      • ‘I was five then, and had never been back, but I wanted to find that house, see if it would awake long dormant memories.’
      • ‘That school field trip awoke my passion for photography.’
      • ‘In the intervening years I still watched the odd game or two each season, but last weekend awoke emotions that I’d not felt for years.’
      • ‘He wonders if it is some of her blacked-out memories that have suddenly awoken in her mind.’
      • ‘The memories Chris had awoken within her from their date in the park didn't help.’
      • ‘The café appears in the brain as this delicious, muddy scent first, awaking a memory.’


  • 1[predicative] Not asleep.

    ‘the noise might keep you awake at night’
    • ‘Will, dragging Raven behind him, who was also nearly falling asleep after being awake all night, left and shut the door quietly behind him.’
    • ‘I've been lying awake nights wondering what it all means.’
    • ‘Much later that night when Hoshi and Minako were asleep Alice was awake.’
    • ‘More severely affected children hyperventilate both awake and asleep.’
    • ‘Catherine was awake, half asleep, walking down her boss' hall.’
    • ‘This applies especially to my inability to distinguish between being asleep and being awake.’
    • ‘As a runner, I have more trouble staying awake than falling asleep at night.’
    • ‘She looked and saw that Isaac was asleep and Jack was awake.’
    • ‘I think about the time difference - they're now asleep and won't be awake until I'm asleep.’
    • ‘In the beginning the contrast between being awake and being asleep is great; it feels like the clouds have the upper hand.’
    • ‘Not that sort of restless, you understand, but rather restless awake rather than asleep.’
    • ‘In the dishevelled moments when one's neither awake nor asleep they will have felt inexplicably happy.’
    • ‘I was still half asleep but I was awake enough to hear the reproach in the nurse's voice and I interpreted it as her suggesting I had neglected Gerald.’
    • ‘When the entire camp is asleep, children are awake because they are eager to see their mothers, to have meals with their fathers.’
    • ‘All of these effects are well known and may occur when one's consciousness shifts into a state between being fully asleep and fully awake.’
    • ‘She looked about her and saw that Ron and James, though looking asleep were awake, softly whispering to each other.’
    • ‘Don't get me wrong, I'm no vampire, but, when possible, it's a lot of fun to be awake when everyone is asleep.’
    • ‘He knew that, without even looking - which he did anyway - just like he used to know when Spencer was awake or asleep.’
    • ‘A sister who is also a good friend goes from being 40 miles away to being so physically distant she is awake when you're asleep.’
    • ‘Lisa couldn't fall asleep so she stayed awake and studied him, praying he would find his way out of the maze of lies he'd created for himself.’
    wakeful, sleepless, wide awake, conscious
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    1. 1.1Aware of.
      ‘too few are awake to the dangers’
      • ‘What he is really awake to, however, is the opportunity he has here.’
      • ‘People are more awake to political stuff, whereas you couldn't say that about Americans 10 years ago.’
      • ‘As a hotelier, he feels corporates must be alive and awake to the social and environmental problems plaguing the nation.’
      • ‘The problem for the government is that they've employed such tactics so often and so transparently that people are awake to their cynical ploys, their partisan purpose.’
      • ‘Howard is well awake to those instincts and worked the media carefully to make a trickle of boatpeople look like the Mongol hordes were coming for us.’
      • ‘O God, keep us alert to the opportunities to serve and awake to the promise that ‘we are your disciples if we love one another.’’
      • ‘As a spoken word poet, I ask myself: Are we awake to the inherent needs of each other?’
      • ‘The only thing good that could happen is that Australia is sort of more awake to this terrorism bloody thing that's around the world.’
      • ‘That means partly giving understanding but also making people awake to the excitement of it all.’
      • ‘But only if they are awake to the threat posed by the underdogs.’
      • ‘Congratulations to them for being awake to the needs of the province.’
      • ‘Nothing had been heard like it, then all of a sudden Hollywood was alive and awake to widescreen pictures.’
      • ‘Now we awake to the nightmare that tens of millions of faraway innocents live every moment.’
      • ‘Well, Larry, long-range effects on this is that now the Indian Ocean is awake, or that entire area is awake to the fact that it's possible.’
      • ‘I can't yet see an uprising in the Australian people regarding this - are they awake to what is happening?’
      • ‘The Brits have always been awake to the criminal life's mixture of the savage, canny and banal.’
      • ‘His supporters as a group are each more empowered and awake to a new set of political choices and political responsibilities and power in their daily lives than he as one man could ever be.’
      • ‘He was awake to this reflection on his colleague.’
      • ‘And he is always aware of the presence of the Otherworld that lives not beyond but within the natural world, and always awake to its mysterious pull.’
      • ‘I think the whole Tasmanian community and, Mr Speaker, the whole Australian community indeed, is awake to what he's about.’
      aware of, conscious of, cognizant of, mindful of, sensible of, alive to, alert to, sensitive to
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Old English āwæcnan, āwacian, both used in the sense ‘come out of sleep’(see a-, wake).