verb (past awoke /əˈwōk/; past participle awoken /əˈwōkən/)
- 1 [no object] Stop sleeping; wake from sleep: she awoke to find the streets covered in snowMore example sentences
- I slept reasonably well, awaking only for the Erie, PA station stop.
- Then pain was an immense pulsation on her back that hadn't stopped since she had awoken again.
- She awoke when the carriage stopped with a jolt.
- 1.1 [with object] Cause (someone) to wake from sleep: my screams awoke my parentsMore example sentences
- A loud scream awoke me from my sleep and I sat bolt upright, staring around in wide-eyed confusion.
- A scream awoke me on the morning of my last day at Tian's tower.
- With the beautiful sound of songbirds singing in the tree beside our room, the gentle voices awoke Andrea from her sleep beside me.
- 1.2Regain consciousness: I awoke six hours after the operationMore example sentences
- I stayed in a stage that was in and out of consciousness until I fully awoke sometime between five and six in the morning.
- 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.
- 1.3 (awake to) Become aware of; come to a realization of: the authorities finally awoke to the extent of the problemMore example sentences
realize, become aware of, become conscious of• informal clue in to, get wise to
- Suddenly, everyone awoke to the realization that we had come to one mind, we had reached consensus.
- Share prices began a steep descent, and investors gradually awoke to the reality that they had been had.
- 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.
- 1.4Make or become active again: there were echoes and scents that awoke some memory in meMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Not asleep: the noise might keep you awake at nightMore example sentences
- Will, dragging Raven behind him, who was also nearly falling asleep after being awake all night, left and shut the door quietly behind him.
- Not that sort of restless, you understand, but rather restless awake rather than asleep.
- As a runner, I have more trouble staying awake than falling asleep at night.
- 1.1 (awake to) Aware of: too few are awake to the dangersMore example sentences
aware of, conscious of, mindful of, alert to• formal cognizant of• informal clued in to• archaic ware of
- As a hotelier, he feels corporates must be alive and awake to the social and environmental problems plaguing the nation.
- Nothing had been heard like it, then all of a sudden Hollywood was alive and awake to widescreen pictures.
- 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.’