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[uh-wair] /əˈwɛər/
having knowledge; conscious; cognizant:
aware of danger.
informed; alert; knowledgeable; sophisticated:
She is one of the most politically aware young women around.
Origin of aware
before 1100; Middle English, variant of iwar, Old English gewær watchful (cognate with Old High German, Old Saxon giwar, German gewahr), equivalent to ge- y- + wær ware2
Related forms
awareness, noun
hyperaware, adjective
self-aware, adjective
well-aware, adjective
1. mindful. See conscious.
1. oblivious. Unabridged
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  • We were aware that this would have no effect on toxins or heavy metals.
  • Be aware that only cutting-grown stock is truly uniform.
  • City officials, it turned out, hadn't been aware that trails had been built on public property.
  • Be aware, however, that many of the shrub junipers can eventually grow to the size of small trees.
  • Be aware that all hose-end sprinklers have some uneven distribution, providing more water to some areas than to others.
  • Be aware, though, that merchandise will not be shipped until after the holidays.
  • Coward said he was not aware of any carriers selling the data it collects on their behalf to third-party marketers.
  • We appear to be able to read words at a glance without being aware of each letter.
  • Staring down a puma can let the animal know you're aware it's looking, though distance can reduce its effectiveness.
  • Each powerful sprinter, poised to explode when the gun went off, was keenly aware of what hung in the balance.
British Dictionary definitions for aware


(postpositive) foll by of. having knowledge; cognizant: aware of his error
informed of current developments: politically aware
Derived Forms
awareness, noun
Word Origin
Old English gewær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar Latin verērī to be fearful; see beware, wary
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Word Origin and History for aware

late Old English gewær, from Proto-Germanic *ga-waraz (cf. Old Saxon giwar, Middle Dutch gheware, Old High German giwar, German gewahr), from *ga-, intensive prefix, + wær "wary, cautious" (see wary).

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