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awake Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb stop sleeping
    waken; come alive; arouse; wake; awaken; wake up.
    • She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock
  2. adjective not in a state of sleep; completely conscious
    • lay awake thinking about his new job
    • still not fully awake
  3. adjective satellite mentally perceptive and responsive
    alive; alert.
    • an alert mind
    • alert to the problems
    • alive to what is going on
    • awake to the dangers of her situation
    • was now awake to the reality of his predicament

A*wake" transitive verb
AS. awæcnan, v. i. (imp. awc), and awacian, v. i. (imp. awacode). See Awaken, Wake.
imperfect Awoke Awaked ; past participle Awaked; (obsolete ) Awaken, Awoken; present participle & verbal noun Awaking The form Awoke is sometimes used as adjective past participle
  1. To rouse from sleep.; to wake; to awaken.
    Where morning's earliest ray . . . awake her. Tennyson.
    And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us; we perish. Matt. viii. 25.
  2. To rouse from a state resembling sleep, as from death, stupidity., or inaction; to put into action; to give new life to; to stir up; as, to awake the dead; to awake the dormant faculties.
    I was soon awaked from this disagreeable reverie. Goldsmith.
    It way awake my bounty further. Shak.
    No sunny gleam awakes the trees. Keble.
A*wake" intransitive verb
  1. To cease to sleep; to come out of a state of natural sleep; and, figuratively, out of a state resembling sleep, as inaction or death.
    The national spirit again awoke. Freeman.
    Awake to righteousness, and sin not. 1 Cor. xv. 34.
A*wake" adjective
From awaken, old p. p. of awake.
  1. Not sleeping or lethargic; roused from sleep; in a state of vigilance or action.
    Before whom awake I stood. Milton.
    She still beheld, Now wide awake, the vision of her sleep. Keats.
    He was awake to the danger. Froude.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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