Definition of


  1. (verb, body) stop sleeping
  2. (verb, body) cause to become awake or conscious
    Please wake me at 6 AM.
  3. (verb, cognition) make aware

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Synonyms of Awaken

arouse, awake, come alive, rouse, wake, wake up, waken

Antonyms of Awaken

cause to sleep

Alternate forms of Awaken

Derivations: awakening

Hyponyms: bring around, bring back, bring round, bring to, call, reawaken

Hypernyms: affect, alter, change, change state, impress, modify, move, strike, turn

Origin of the word Awaken

  1. O.E. aw?cnan (intrans.), "to spring into being," also, less often, "to wake up;" earlier onw?cnan, from a- (1) "on" + w?cnan (see waken). Transitive meaning "to rouse from sleep" is recorded from 1510s; figurative sense of "to stir up, rouse to activity" is from c.1600. Originally strong declension (p.t. awoc, pp. awacen), already in O.E. it w… more

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