Definition of awakening in English:


Syllabification: a·wak·en·ing
Pronunciation: /əˈwāk(ə)niNG


[in singular]
  • 1An act or moment of becoming suddenly aware of something: the war came as a rude awakening to the hardships of life
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    • 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.
    • It's a rude awakening to the public sector for me.
    • 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.
  • 1.1 formal An act of waking from sleep.
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    • In about 50% of laboratory awakenings from slow wave sleep some sort of subjective experience is reported.
    • The most frequently encountered secondary sleep disturbances are night awakenings and bedtime resistance, which occur most commonly in toddlers and preschool-aged children.
    • 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.
  • 1.2The beginning or rousing of something: the awakening of democracy in Eastern Europe
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    • The decade also saw the beginnings of a political awakening whose form reflected the domination of the country's intellectual tendencies by Egypt.
    • For me, and I imagine for many others, it was the beginning of a political awakening.
    • But memories of prior political awakenings that ended disastrously were revived when the Polish military cracked down in 1981.


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  • Coming into existence or awareness: his awakening desire an awakening conscience
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    • Anyway, so I pictured Prince's ‘courtyard’ as a semi-magical place of awakening desire.
    • Cassandra is sharp as a tack, awkward, and still young enough to greet her awakening desire and finer perceptions with astonishment and hyperbole.
    • The kind of awakening horror of what I had become was about 10 years later.

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