Definition of wakeful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈweɪkfʊl/
Pronunciation: /ˈweɪkf(ə)l/


1(Of a person) unable or not needing to sleep: he had been wakeful all night
More example sentences
  • It seems like yesterday that he was the wakeful baby who nursed incessantly and rarely slept through the night.
  • Our children are presumably as wakeful as any other children at any time in history.
  • Anna sat in the seat next to Izumi, her mind wakeful and restless.
unsleeping, awake, restless, restive, tossing and turning, without sleep, wide awake, insomniac
archaic watchful
1.1(Of a period of time) passed with little or no sleep: wakeful nights
More example sentences
  • I used to have long wakeful periods at night, thinking ridiculous things.
  • I've been spending many wakeful nights during the past couple of weeks thinking about my blessings versus my challenges.
  • Both of us knew that having to endure a few months of wakeful nights goes with the territory, and also that these months pass quickly as the child learns to sleep the whole night through.



Example sentences
  • She shifted wakefully in her bed and looked at the door.
  • She stared wakefully at the stars which peeked through the canopy of trees overhead, and wondered how Adam was doing, and if he was all right.


Pronunciation: /ˈweɪkfʊlnəs/
Pronunciation: /ˈweɪkf(ə)lnəs/
Example sentences
  • I sort of half-slept last night, suspended in a weird state between wakefulness and dreaming, kept anchored in the world by the sound of the radio.
  • I do this in the night sometimes, in moments of partial wakefulness.
  • Something intense is going on when we sleep; in fact, on an EEG trace it looks very similar to wakefulness.

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