a simple past tense and past participle of awake. Unabridged


verb (used with object), verb (used without object), awoke or awaked, awoke or awaked or awoken, awaking.
to wake up; rouse from sleep: I awoke at six with a feeling of dread.
to rouse to action; become active: His flagging interest awoke.
to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often followed by to ): She awoke to the realities of life.
waking; not sleeping.
vigilant; alert: They were awake to the danger.

before 1000; Middle English awaken, Old English awacen, past participle of awæcnan; see a1, waken

awakeable, adjective
half-awake, adjective
reawake, verb, reawoke or reawaked, reawaking.
unawake, adjective
unawakeable, adjective
unawaked, adjective
unawaking, adjective Unabridged
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awake (əˈweɪk)
vb , awakes, awaking, awoke, awaked, awoken, awaked
1.  to emerge or rouse from sleep; wake
2.  to become or cause to become alert
3.  (usually foll by to) to become or make aware (of): to awake to reality
4.  (tr) Also: awaken to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)
5.  not sleeping
6.  (sometimes foll by to) lively or alert

awoke (əˈwəʊk)
a past tense or (now rare or dialectal) past participle of awake

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Word Origin & History

a merger of two M.E. verbs: 1. awaken, from O.E. awæcnan (earlier onwæcnan; strong, past tense awoc, pp. awacen) "to awake, arise," from a "on" + wacan "to arise, become awake" (see wake (v.)); and 2. awakien, from O.E. awacian (weak, p.p. awacode), from a "on"
+ wacian "to be awake, remain awake, watch" (see watch (v.)). Both were originally intrans. only; the trans. sense being expressed by M.E. awecchen (from O.E. aweccan) until later M.E. In Mod.Eng., the tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense and pp. (awoke, awoken) to the original intransitive sense and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete (see wake; also cf. awaken).

p.t. of awake (v.), from O.E. awoc; also see awaken. The tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense (awoke) to the original intransitive sense of awake and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete.

M.E. awaken, from pp. of O.E. awæcnian (see awaken).
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Example sentences
When she awoke, the pain was gone, but her foot looked a little red.
When he awoke he rushed to write it all down, exactly as he remembered it from
  a dream.
When he awoke his body had broken the fever and defended itself.
We awoke to the daily pounding of aircraft landing on the deck, seemingly
  directly above our heads.
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