Definition of awaken in US English:

awaken

verb

[with object]
  • 1Rouse from sleep; cause to stop sleeping.

    ‘Anna was awakened by the telephone’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A young buck had been awakened from a long sleep.’
    • ‘I simply went back to sleep until I was awakened by the unusual effect of the train moving.’
    • ‘Hypnic headaches begin during sleep, awakening the person - usually at the same time every night.’
    • ‘The participants completed the sleep log immediately after awakening each morning.’
    • ‘But when they were tested immediately after being awakened from REM sleep, the exact opposite happened.’
    • ‘The patient should be awakened from sleep every two hours and avoid should strenuous activity for at least 24 hours.’
    • ‘TV news kept it secret, but homeless children in shelters across the country report being awakened from troubled sleep and alerted by dead relatives.’
    • ‘The entire team awoke early, all unable to sleep when they were awakened.’
    • ‘The telephone starts to ring awakening me from sleep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jordan popped right out of her sleep, awakened by his reaction.’
    • ‘The couple were awakened from their sleep by the loud explosion.’
    • ‘Following a cozy soak, they retired to the bedroom, eventually fell to sleep but were awakened by the smell of smoke.’
    • ‘Half of the women reported being awakened from sleep with severe sweating.’
    • ‘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.’
    wake, wake up, awake, waken, rouse, arouse
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    1. 1.1no object Stop sleeping.
      ‘he sighed but did not awaken’
      • ‘Squirming in her chair, like an infant awkwardly awakening from a thoughtful sleep, Jane rubbed her makeup-less eyes and yawned.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hikari had finally managed to awaken from her deep sleep.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dozing off between stations, I managed to awaken at each stop to repeat the question.’
      • ‘After a restless sleep, Cole awakens with a start at dawn.’
      • ‘Edna sleeps very little and awakens early on Sunday morning.’
      • ‘Truth be known, they put me to sleep, and I awakened during the replay, in the middle of the Bashsams' match.’
      • ‘Soon after, I drifted off to sleep and only awakened just as we were all entering the house again.’
      • ‘‘So, sleeping beauty finally awakens,’ he said, walking towards her.’
      • ‘Charge your iPod while you sleep, and awaken to your favorite B sides instead of that obnoxious buzzer.’
      • ‘Ark shifted his now stiff and painful limbs and began to stretch as if he were awakening from a deep sleep.’
      • ‘‘Pity,’ she groaned before drifting off to sleep, never to awaken again.’
      • ‘Aero ran around, trying to wake everyone up, but found that they all seemed deep in sleep, unable to awaken.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Terra slowly fell to sleep only to awaken when someone started shaking her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She must have awakened from her sleep to find herself trapped in the casket.’
      wake, wake up, awake, waken, stir, come to, come round, bestir oneself, show signs of life, return to the land of the living
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    2. 1.2 Rouse (a feeling)
      ‘different images can awaken new emotions within us’
      • ‘This conversation was pointless and only awakened the hollow feeling in the pit of his gut and the sensation of helplessness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He noticed a phrase that was occasionally repeated throughout the book: Do not arouse or awaken Love until it so desires.’
      • ‘Moreover, if they are opposed, their religious feelings and emotions are awakened.’
      • ‘This awakens Bernard's own feelings of loneliness.’
      • ‘It wasn't her fault that she had awakened feelings in him that he hadn't felt in countless years.’
      • ‘Was it books, scientific and poetic, that awakened his feelings?’
      • ‘No wonder that he can awaken amorous desires even in those who should know better.’
      • ‘James stumbles across a beautiful fairy-girl, Anastasia, who awakens tender feelings of love that are entirely alien to him.’
      • ‘The noise of a dentist's drill might awaken feelings of apprehension and nervousness.’
      • ‘His breath seared her skin, awakening feelings long dormant.’
      • ‘I would have never thought that a person outside of my family and my circle of close friends could awaken such feelings.’
      • ‘This morbid shot awakens some emotion within her and Jiney promptly proclaims this her ideal subject.’
      • ‘Step 6: The judgment awakens feelings of joy, anger, indifference, etc.’
      • ‘Until you awaken this feeling, you should not expect the affirmation to work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sentiments will run deep awakening dormant feelings that were thought to be successfully repressed.’
      • ‘If you act as if you love him, then the action will awaken the feeling of love.’
      • ‘This discovery has awakened a rage within me and a guilt that my family benefited from a close connection to the big house.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 movie helped to awaken the public to the horrors of apartheid’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The call awakens him to the hard political reality of the City under the military occupation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It also, with hindsight, awakens us to how fragile our governments are.’
      • ‘A glimpse of the silent rage of China's populace has awakened Japan to the need for a comprehensive regional strategy.’
      • ‘Spontaneous action can help awaken us to the possibility of uncertainty, and reveal routine as a construction entirely of our own minds.’
      • ‘His quest awakens her to the possibility of a life that is more than just a series of promotions and salary renegotiations.’
      • ‘It can also awaken us to the nastier side of humankind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She poured every moment of her life in awakening us to this truth.’
      • ‘I believe the idea is that Wheeler is trying to awaken Emily to the pleasures available to her.’
      • ‘Because it awakens you to the difficulties of the real world.’
      • ‘He contends that ‘public pressure can awaken Congress to an opposition role.’’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Birdsong awakens us to the art of nature, birds' variety to nature's skill and imagination.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Heidegger's work ought to awaken us to what we can and cannot do.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

awaken

/əˈweɪkən//əˈwākən/