Definition of awake in US English:

awake

verb

  • 1no object Stop sleeping; wake from sleep.

    ‘she awoke to find the streets covered in snow’
    • ‘Her neighbour used a piece of bamboo to rouse him from sleep and eventually he awoke.’
    • ‘He felt weak all over like he had just awoken from a deep sleep.’
    • ‘As you awake from your troubled sleep, you realize that the group you'd dreamed about is deep in the woods.’
    • ‘But… he had feigned sleep as his sty-mates awoke, and had heard them leave.’
    • ‘Every day she awoke from sleep and either went to work or didn't.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone was sleeping soundly until they awoke with me yelling at the top of my lungs in pain.’
    • ‘Despite sleeping late, I awoke with a real humdinger of a hangover.’
    • ‘After twenty minutes or so, the car came to a stop, and I awoke with the lack of movement.’
    • ‘It was rather more like a lethargic dog who awoke from a comfortable sleep.’
    • ‘Another stint of exhausted sleep passed and Kate awoke again.’
    • ‘I slept reasonably well, awaking only for the Erie, PA station stop.’
    • ‘He said he went back to sleep and when he awoke, she was gone.’
    • ‘She awoke when the carriage stopped with a jolt.’
    • ‘Skyler awoke when the bus stopped and walked wearily from the bus.’
    • ‘On Saturday morning, Londonist awoke from a sound sleep with a self-satisfied smile plastered all over one's face.’
    • ‘It was like the students had finally awoken from eternal sleep.’
    • ‘Then pain was an immense pulsation on her back that hadn't stopped since she had awoken again.’
    wake, wake up, awaken, stir, come to, come round, bestir oneself, show signs of life, return to the land of the living
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    1. 1.1with object Cause (someone) to wake from sleep.
      ‘my screams awoke my parents’
      • ‘I shoved open the door and slammed it behind me, not caring if it awoke my parents.’
      • ‘With the beautiful sound of songbirds singing in the tree beside our room, the gentle voices awoke Andrea from her sleep beside me.’
      • ‘I was asleep in my chambers when a cry awoke me from my sleep, it came from Aurala's room.’
      • ‘The annoying buzz of my alarm clock awoke me from my dreamless sleep.’
      • ‘It rang and echoed in the quiet apartment, until it awoke Brenda's mother, sleeping in the room next-door.’
      • ‘Only a disaster of the most profound magnitude will awake the American people.’
      • ‘But this time there was no difficulty in awaking the person whom I wanted to meet.’
      • ‘Sun shines in the valley and its warmth strikes Lauren's face awaking her from sleep.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Steve rushed to the door before she awoke his parents and snuck her into his bedroom.’
      • ‘Four forty-five am, my alarm awakes me to remind me three hours sleep really wasn't enough.’
      • ‘Shurkom gently awoke E.D. out of a restless sleep, and announced that Robert was in need of his presence.’
      • ‘A loud scream awoke me from my sleep and I sat bolt upright, staring around in wide-eyed confusion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was probably some idiotic unknown stranger who awoke me from my beauty sleep.’
      • ‘In the end, he remained trapped between sleep and exhaustion as his momentary lapses awoke him with terrible fear.’
      • ‘And suddenly, he heard Kato's voice, light as if not to awake him from a sleep.’
      • ‘A scream awoke me on the morning of my last day at Tian's tower.’
      • ‘My mother came into our room when our excited cries awoke her from her sleep.’
      wake, wake up, awaken, waken, rouse, arouse
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    2. 1.2 Regain consciousness.
      ‘I awoke six hours after the operation’
      • ‘When I awoke, some hours later, my heart racing without a complete recollection of why, the fire had died.’
      • ‘Kevin's senses came to him slowly as he awoke into consciousness again.’
      • ‘When he awoke, two hours later, a wave of nausea swept over him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pilot lost consciousness, but awoke in time to notice large rocks rapidly becoming larger.’
      • ‘When she awoke, only half conscious, there were voices coming closer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘James' mother told the inquest her son did not lose consciousness but ‘stayed awake until the end’.’
      • ‘He claimed he lost consciousness and awoke in the Emergency Department at the Montfort Hospital.’
      • ‘I could feel my body beginning to awake, regaining warmth.’
      • ‘It was over an hour until the pair awoke from their trance.’
      • ‘An hour or so later I awoke to find an orderly wheeling me to the theatre.’
      • ‘Later-it seemed like hour to him-Theorton awoke, still on the hospital table.’
      • ‘After a few hours he awoke, still twitching, and stared at the ceiling for awhile, trying to figure out what to do now.’
      • ‘She told the court that she fell unconscious after breathing in the gas and awoke to find Haslam spreadeagled on her.’
      • ‘After six months Rick awoke from his coma, and finds his life soon turned upside down again.’
      regain consciousness, recover consciousness, come round, come to life, come to one's senses, recover, wake up
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    3. 1.3awake to Become aware of; come to a realization of.
      ‘the authorities finally awoke to the extent of the problem’
      • ‘In recent years governments and citizens and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have begun to awake to the problem of modern-day slavery.’
      • ‘Share prices began a steep descent, and investors gradually awoke to the reality that they had been had.’
      • ‘Suddenly, everyone awoke to the realization that we had come to one mind, we had reached consensus.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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. 1.4 Make or become active again.
      ‘there were echoes and scents that awoke some memory in me’
      • ‘She returned there several times, which awoke curiosity and rumors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think it was this curiosity about the natural world which awoke my early interest in science.’
      • ‘That school field trip awoke my passion for photography.’
      • ‘The café appears in the brain as this delicious, muddy scent first, awaking a memory.’
      • ‘I was five then, and had never been back, but I wanted to find that house, see if it would awake long dormant memories.’
      • ‘The memories Chris had awoken within her from their date in the park didn't help.’
      • ‘He wonders if it is some of her blacked-out memories that have suddenly awoken in her mind.’
      • ‘The demand for intelligence rose when increasing education, hand in hand with the material advance of the bourgeoisie, awoke a desire for political action.’

adjective

  • 1predicative Not asleep.

    ‘the noise might keep you awake at night’
    • ‘He knew that, without even looking - which he did anyway - just like he used to know when Spencer was awake or asleep.’
    • ‘More severely affected children hyperventilate both awake and asleep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Catherine was awake, half asleep, walking down her boss' hall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a runner, I have more trouble staying awake than falling asleep at night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Much later that night when Hoshi and Minako were asleep Alice was awake.’
    • ‘Will, dragging Raven behind him, who was also nearly falling asleep after being awake all night, left and shut the door quietly behind him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've been lying awake nights wondering what it all means.’
    • ‘This applies especially to my inability to distinguish between being asleep and being awake.’
    • ‘Not that sort of restless, you understand, but rather restless awake rather than asleep.’
    • ‘In the beginning the contrast between being awake and being asleep is great; it feels like the clouds have the upper hand.’
    • ‘She looked and saw that Isaac was asleep and Jack was awake.’
    • ‘She looked about her and saw that Ron and James, though looking asleep were awake, softly whispering to each other.’
    • ‘In the dishevelled moments when one's neither awake nor asleep they will have felt inexplicably happy.’
    • ‘When the entire camp is asleep, children are awake because they are eager to see their mothers, to have meals with their fathers.’
    • ‘I think about the time difference - they're now asleep and won't be awake until I'm asleep.’
    wakeful, sleepless, wide awake, conscious
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    1. 1.1awake to Aware of.
      ‘too few are awake to the dangers’
      • ‘People are more awake to political stuff, whereas you couldn't say that about Americans 10 years ago.’
      • ‘I can't yet see an uprising in the Australian people regarding this - are they awake to what is happening?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 hotelier, he feels corporates must be alive and awake to the social and environmental problems plaguing the nation.’
      • ‘As a spoken word poet, I ask myself: Are we awake to the inherent needs of each other?’
      • ‘Now we awake to the nightmare that tens of millions of faraway innocents live every moment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was awake to this reflection on his colleague.’
      • ‘What he is really awake to, however, is the opportunity he has here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think the whole Tasmanian community and, Mr Speaker, the whole Australian community indeed, is awake to what he's about.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But only if they are awake to the threat posed by the underdogs.’
      • ‘Nothing had been heard like it, then all of a sudden Hollywood was alive and awake to widescreen pictures.’
      • ‘The Brits have always been awake to the criminal life's mixture of the savage, canny and banal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Congratulations to them for being awake to the needs of the province.’
      • ‘That means partly giving understanding but also making people awake to the excitement of it all.’
      aware of, conscious of, cognizant of, mindful of, sensible of, alive to, alert to, sensitive to
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Origin

Old English āwæcnan, āwacian, both used in the sense ‘come out of sleep’ (see a-, wake).

Pronunciation

awake

/əˈwāk//əˈweɪk/