Definition of awaken in English:

awaken

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Rouse from sleep; cause to stop sleeping:

    ‘Anna was awakened by the telephone’
    • ‘Symptoms that are not typical of OSD include pain at rest, thigh pain, or very severe pain that awakens a child from sleep or makes him cry.’
    • ‘It could've only been about an hour and a half before I feel asleep, but I slept until I was awakened by the front door opening.’
    • ‘If you're awakened during REM sleep, you may recall vivid dreams.’
    • ‘I looked down and saw him moving around slightly as if he had just been reluctantly awakened from a deep sleep.’
    • ‘The telephone starts to ring awakening me from sleep.’
    • ‘The patient should be awakened from sleep every two hours and avoid should strenuous activity for at least 24 hours.’
    • ‘Jordan popped right out of her sleep, awakened by his reaction.’
    • ‘The participants completed the sleep log immediately after awakening each morning.’
    • ‘Following a cozy soak, they retired to the bedroom, eventually fell to sleep but were awakened by the smell of smoke.’
    • ‘Nightmares are vivid and terrifying nocturnal episodes in which the dreamer is abruptly awakened from sleep.’
    • ‘He had finally dozed into a fitful sleep only to be awakened by a horrible dream, his only problem, he couldn't remember it.’
    • ‘Hypnic headaches begin during sleep, awakening the person - usually at the same time every night.’
    • ‘Half of the women reported being awakened from sleep with severe sweating.’
    • ‘The couple were awakened from their sleep by the loud explosion.’
    • ‘TV news kept it secret, but homeless children in shelters across the country report being awakened from troubled sleep and alerted by dead relatives.’
    • ‘A young buck had been awakened from a long sleep.’
    • ‘But when they were tested immediately after being awakened from REM sleep, the exact opposite happened.’
    • ‘The entire team awoke early, all unable to sleep when they were awakened.’
    • ‘For the purpose of this paper we will concentrate on the types of dreams that are normally reported when subjects are awakened from REM sleep.’
    • ‘I simply went back to sleep until I was awakened by the unusual effect of the train moving.’
    1. 1.1[no object] Stop sleeping:
      ‘he sighed but did not awaken’
      • ‘Soon after, I drifted off to sleep and only awakened just as we were all entering the house again.’
      • ‘Squirming in her chair, like an infant awkwardly awakening from a thoughtful sleep, Jane rubbed her makeup-less eyes and yawned.’
      • ‘Once dawn came, she could awaken from an unsatisfying sleep, turn off the light, and feel the kind of physical and mental peace that comes after a fever has broken.’
      • ‘Aero ran around, trying to wake everyone up, but found that they all seemed deep in sleep, unable to awaken.’
      • ‘Hikari had finally managed to awaken from her deep sleep.’
      • ‘Dozing off between stations, I managed to awaken at each stop to repeat the question.’
      • ‘‘So, sleeping beauty finally awakens,’ he said, walking towards her.’
      • ‘Ark shifted his now stiff and painful limbs and began to stretch as if he were awakening from a deep sleep.’
      • ‘Several hours later, after all the visitors have left, Maureen finally awakens from her deep sleep with a gasp and rises to a sitting position.’
      • ‘‘Pity,’ she groaned before drifting off to sleep, never to awaken again.’
      • ‘Edna sleeps very little and awakens early on Sunday morning.’
      • ‘Charge your iPod while you sleep, and awaken to your favorite B sides instead of that obnoxious buzzer.’
      • ‘I slowly awaken from a deep sleep full of strange dreams, and it comes to my sleep-muddled attention that I definitely should not be waking up right now.’
      • ‘After a restless sleep, Cole awakens with a start at dawn.’
      • ‘Miranda awakens and Prospero summons their slave Caliban, who curses them, remembering their kinder treatment when they first came to the island, which he insists is rightfully his.’
      • ‘It is well into the night, and Jane awakens from sleep and exits the carriage to meet a woman.’
      • ‘However, many uninvited guests are also awakening from their sleep.’
      • ‘Truth be known, they put me to sleep, and I awakened during the replay, in the middle of the Bashsams' match.’
      • ‘She must have awakened from her sleep to find herself trapped in the casket.’
      • ‘Terra slowly fell to sleep only to awaken when someone started shaking her.’
    2. 1.2 Rouse (a feeling):
      ‘different images can awaken new emotions within us’
      • ‘Moreover, if they are opposed, their religious feelings and emotions are awakened.’
      • ‘I would have never thought that a person outside of my family and my circle of close friends could awaken such feelings.’
      • ‘Sentiments will run deep awakening dormant feelings that were thought to be successfully repressed.’
      • ‘Just the sound, the constant beating of the rotors frightened me, awakened some primal fear of being hunted, made me want to run, to hide or flee.’
      • ‘Step 6: The judgment awakens feelings of joy, anger, indifference, etc.’
      • ‘If you act as if you love him, then the action will awaken the feeling of love.’
      • ‘The noise of a dentist's drill might awaken feelings of apprehension and nervousness.’
      • ‘This morbid shot awakens some emotion within her and Jiney promptly proclaims this her ideal subject.’
      • ‘It wasn't her fault that she had awakened feelings in him that he hadn't felt in countless years.’
      • ‘Until you awaken this feeling, you should not expect the affirmation to work.’
      • ‘No matter how small the window, the writer must awaken a desire and curiosity in the soul to peep out of it and view the world about us.’
      • ‘This conversation was pointless and only awakened the hollow feeling in the pit of his gut and the sensation of helplessness.’
      • ‘He noticed a phrase that was occasionally repeated throughout the book: Do not arouse or awaken Love until it so desires.’
      • ‘This discovery has awakened a rage within me and a guilt that my family benefited from a close connection to the big house.’
      • ‘Was it books, scientific and poetic, that awakened his feelings?’
      • ‘This awakens Bernard's own feelings of loneliness.’
      • ‘James stumbles across a beautiful fairy-girl, Anastasia, who awakens tender feelings of love that are entirely alien to him.’
      • ‘His breath seared her skin, awakening feelings long dormant.’
      • ‘It was nature, above all, that stirred his emotions, and it was to scenes of natural beauty that his mother had taken him as a child, so as to awaken his feelings towards the things she loved.’
      • ‘No wonder that he can awaken amorous desires even in those who should know better.’
      arouse, rouse, bring into being, call into being, call forth, draw forth, bring out, engender, generate, evoke, trigger, stir up, inspire, stimulate, excite, kindle, fire, touch off, spark off
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    3. 1.3awaken someone to Make someone aware of (something) for the first time:
      ‘the film helped to awaken many to the horrors of apartheid’
      • ‘Or have the number of postponements finally awakened us to the fact that it is a bit pointless starting the season knowing that half your games won't even go ahead?’
      • ‘The presence of homeless youth threatens to spark feelings of empathy in people's hearts, awakening them to the fundamental injustices in the world they inhabit.’
      • ‘A glimpse of the silent rage of China's populace has awakened Japan to the need for a comprehensive regional strategy.’
      • ‘It also, with hindsight, awakens us to how fragile our governments are.’
      • ‘The call awakens him to the hard political reality of the City under the military occupation.’
      • ‘The pain, fear, and confusion they will feel will awaken them to what is real and they will learn how to be of service to real people, in real life situations.’
      • ‘Many believe the attacks in the US have finally awakened America to the effects of terrorism and that funds raised for the IRA's political allies in Sinn Fein will plummet.’
      • ‘I believe the idea is that Wheeler is trying to awaken Emily to the pleasures available to her.’
      • ‘And look at what happened to him by the end of his life because those of us who spoke out awakened him to understand that what he's doing is not acceptable.’
      • ‘Barry is pushed deeper and deeper into a hair-tearing abyss, until his sister introduces him to Lena Leonard who, with deceptively simple tenderness in this love story, awakens Barry to his inner strength.’
      • ‘Heidegger's work ought to awaken us to what we can and cannot do.’
      • ‘Birdsong awakens us to the art of nature, birds' variety to nature's skill and imagination.’
      • ‘She poured every moment of her life in awakening us to this truth.’
      • ‘The living-wage movement has helped awaken America to the fact that many of its citizens make wages that cannot provide them with even a minimally decent life.’
      • ‘By the vigor of its voice his Diary awakens us to the value of daily experience, taken as it comes, trivial or momentous, troubling or enjoyable, all together.’
      • ‘It can also awaken us to the nastier side of humankind.’
      • ‘His quest awakens her to the possibility of a life that is more than just a series of promotions and salary renegotiations.’
      • ‘Spontaneous action can help awaken us to the possibility of uncertainty, and reveal routine as a construction entirely of our own minds.’
      • ‘He contends that ‘public pressure can awaken Congress to an opposition role.’’
      • ‘Because it awakens you to the difficulties of the real world.’

Origin

Old English onwæcnan, from on ‘on’+ waken.

Pronunciation

awaken

/əˈweɪk(ə)n/