Definition of awakening in English:



  • 1formal An act of waking from sleep.

    ‘since my awakening I had realized it was a very special day’
    • ‘Sleep deprivation resulting from multiple, erratic awakenings may produce a very different effect compared to controlled and predictable sleep deprivation.’
    • ‘The libretto is based on Perrault's familiar fairytale, but Petipa did much more with it than tell the story of Aurora's 100-year sleep and magical awakening.’
    • ‘In addition to this, most sufferers also experience awakenings and restlessness during their usual nighttime sleeping hours.’
    • ‘The disruptions in sleep included awakenings and insomnia.’
    • ‘Sleep fragmentation, measured as the sum of arousals plus awakenings, was greater during pressure support than during assist-control ventilation: 79 versus 54 events per hour.’
    • ‘After the age of 40 our sleep patterns change, and we have many more nocturnal awakenings than in our younger years.’
    • ‘Polysomnography is diagnostically important in these cases and records periodic limb movements in sleep and frequent awakening throughout the night.’
    • ‘We assessed total sleep time, number of awakenings, and sleep onset latency as continuous variables.’
    • ‘Of that number, 38 percent had taken longer than 80 minutes to fall asleep in the lab and 51 percent had lost substantial sleep due to nighttime awakenings.’
    • ‘They make the loudest racket, keeping me away from sleep, robbing me of gentle awakenings.’
    • ‘And it may also involve early morning awakenings without being able to go back to sleep.’
    • ‘Stress disrupts fundamental rhythms of the nervous system, leading to more frequent awakenings and more shallow sleep.’
    • ‘In about 50% of laboratory awakenings from slow wave sleep some sort of subjective experience is reported.’
    • ‘The disorder is expressed physically in diminished appetite, poor sleep with frequent awakenings, and restlessness and psychomotor agitation.’
    • ‘It is sometimes difficult, subjectively, to distinguish wakefulness from sleep; false awakenings and lucid dreams are a good illustration of this.’
    • ‘This could be due to the increased sleep awakenings during pregnancy and/or the more frequent resort to a supine sleeping position.’
    • ‘The most frequently encountered secondary sleep disturbances are night awakenings and bedtime resistance, which occur most commonly in toddlers and preschool-aged children.’
    • ‘In this study, nightmares were more common in women and were associated with increases in nocturnal awakenings, sleep onset insomnia, and daytime memory impairment and anxiety following poor nocturnal sleep.’
    • ‘In addition to the reduction in daily pain intensity, the patients were able to obtain better sleep with fewer night awakenings.’
    • ‘Peak decibel thresholds that resulted in arousals or awakenings did not differ by sleep stage in any subject group.’
  • 2An act or moment of becoming suddenly aware of something.

    ‘the war came as a rude awakening to the hardships of life’
    • ‘The sharp downturn in the US economy has brought a rude awakening to many in the IT sector.’
    • ‘The wife got herself a rude awakening to the fact that the times have changed, and that some good food and a good heart don't get you anywhere any longer.’
    • ‘But anyone expecting softcore liberal humanism is bound to get a rude awakening.’
    • ‘Of course, for those who believed in ‘locking in stability’ and ‘prudence for a purpose’ this past week has been a rude awakening.’
    • ‘This is a sample of what I have received, it is in a way a rude awakening to me of the attitudes that some people in the West hold.’
    • ‘It's a rude awakening to the public sector for me.’
    • ‘Should my credit card ever be compromised, though, the thief would be in for a rude awakening as my credit limit is pretty low.’
    • ‘This was the moment two suspected car thieves received a rude awakening.’
    • ‘Both knew their civilization was headed for a rude awakening soon.’
    • ‘Anyone who assumed the history of blacks in Canada was infinitely less repressive than the American equivalent is in for a rude awakening after seeing Journey to Justice.’
    • ‘It's a jolt, a rude awakening, trying to exist without light or water in the home when they are taken away suddenly.’
    • ‘I was in for a rude awakening to this fact not too long ago.’
    • ‘But sometimes it can be a rude awakening for students who think of spirituality as a palliative, a pill, or a magic healer of emotional ills.’
    • ‘I am getting a rude awakening to the Conference League and some of the frightening decisions that are made in it.’
    • ‘Delude ourselves into that kind of thinking however and a rude awakening will await us.’
    • ‘He knows all to well that some of the Muslim practices in the old country just don't fit the American way of life, which can be something of a rude awakening to people who convert to Islam.’
    • ‘They'd forgotten what it was like to run industrial campaigns, and the new, more deregulated system of enterprise bargaining would prove a rude awakening.’
    • ‘He adds that primary one, with its desks and pencils, can come as a rude awakening to children used to playing with sand, water and paint.’
    • ‘This was a rude awakening to many, because that was certainly not the traditional function of a journalist.’
    • ‘Citing a few examples, people who thought they were buying a property with a clear view of a bay get a rude awakening when one day they suddenly see construction cranes and equipment for a new building.’
    understanding, insight, education, learning, knowledge, awareness, information, erudition, wisdom, instruction, teaching
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    1. 2.1 The beginning or rousing of something.
      ‘her sexual awakening’
      ‘the awakening of vigorous political debate’
      • ‘The last embers of Empire were still glowing in the hearth as the Iranians experience a democratic political awakening.’
      • ‘Many of today's young, virulent anticapitalists experienced their social awakenings on campuses, in fields other than economics.’
      • ‘High school teen movies are abundant yet generally focus more on social and sexual awakenings than education and uniformity.’
      • ‘Due to awkward sexual awakenings and a suffocating family life, Rita is a ticking time-bomb.’
      • ‘Rather, there were indications of the awakening of vigorous political debate.’
      • ‘The two actors may be unreasonably good looking, but they capture perfectly the regrets and emotional awakenings that rise to the surface as surely as the more literal monsters that lurk in bottomless oceans.’
      • ‘But memories of prior political awakenings that ended disastrously were revived when the Polish military cracked down in 1981.’
      • ‘This historic event brought an awakening among the Muslims world over and also among the policy planners in the White House.’
      • ‘For me, and I imagine for many others, it was the beginning of a political awakening.’
      • ‘The encounter brings about her sexual awakening, but also makes her aware of his essential inability to love.’
      • ‘The decade also saw the beginnings of a political awakening whose form reflected the domination of the country's intellectual tendencies by Egypt.’
      • ‘Many childcare experts believe that once an infant is allowed to sleep in the parental bed, he or she will experience increased night awakenings and bedtime protests if the parent is not present.’
      • ‘His political awakenings stem from the Suez crisis while he was still at school.’
      • ‘But when Duncan develops a crush on Perry, the two are in for a sexual awakening.’
      • ‘It implies that during the summer holidays, while your contemporaries got drunk on cider and obsessed about Big Brother, you experienced a profound political and sexual awakening.’
      • ‘I noted how a number of these patients experienced a personal transformation or an awakening following their consultation.’
      • ‘The middle of the nineteenth century marked the beginning of the national awakening.’
      • ‘Toward the end of high school, you had a political awakening when something tragic befell your family.’
      • ‘This trip marked the beginning of my homosexual awakening.’
      • ‘What many patients experience is an awakening of emotions which they have never had, rather than a repetition of phantasies from the past.’
      arousal, rousing, triggering off, stirring up, kindling, stimulation, inspiration, birth
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  • Coming into existence or awareness.

    ‘his awakening desire’
    ‘an awakening conscience’
    • ‘Their energy comes from an awakening consciousness meeting the right art form at the right time.’
    • ‘At the same time, the awakening interest in international trends at the expense of the Irish landscape tradition and pretty pastel abstraction is revealing.’
    • ‘And with that, it's a bizarre little mix of awakening despair and wild, reeling delight for both of us.’
    • ‘It remains a family holiday when friends and family get together to enjoy the Easter bread and the sights and sounds of awakening nature.’
    • ‘Dylan fitted, like a glove, the awakening consciousness of my friends and myself.’
    • ‘Their dissimulated ignorance, unaccompanied by the imperative to know, provides a constant foil to her awakening interest in knowing.’
    • ‘Cassandra is sharp as a tack, awkward, and still young enough to greet her awakening desire and finer perceptions with astonishment and hyperbole.’
    • ‘Largely under the impetus of the odd order theorem, there was an awakening interest in finite group theory.’
    • ‘The kind of awakening horror of what I had become was about 10 years later.’
    • ‘The awakening industry also is finding changes in materials.’
    • ‘That first taste of asparagus is simply extraordinary - it tastes of greenness, of fertile, awakening spring.’
    • ‘Even though she didn't need to breathe, Akasha took a deep one to calm the awakening feelings that had lain dormant for so long.’
    • ‘In particular, he must not miss the opportunity offered by an awakening India.’
    • ‘Anyway, so I pictured Prince's ‘courtyard’ as a semi-magical place of awakening desire.’
    • ‘She reflects an awakening need in Seon-woo that he doesn't know how to deal with.’
    • ‘It was a thesis that chimed in seamlessly with the awakening consciousness of women's liberation.’
    • ‘This technique not only guides our gaze towards Ashok's imaginings, but also highlights his awakening rage.’
    • ‘A feeling of awakening power was undeniable to distinguish.’
    • ‘This is hardly due to his awakening love for the camera and the mike.’
    • ‘Credit for this victory should be given to an awakening Taiwan consciousness.’