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[uh-weyk] /əˈweɪk/
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.
Origin of awake
before 1000; Middle English awaken, Old English awacen, past participle of awæcnan; see a1, waken
Related forms
awakeable, adjective
half-awake, adjective
reawake, verb, reawoke or reawaked, reawaking.
unawake, adjective
unawakeable, adjective
unawaked, adjective
unawaking, adjective Unabridged
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  • When Brandon awaked on the following morning the sun was already high in the sky.

    Cord and Creese James de Mille
  • Perhaps it was the noise that had awaked him; and he was just in the act of hastening forward to the rescue.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • No organ then pealed forth its reverent tones and awaked the church with dulcet harmonies: a pitch-pipe often the sole instrument.

    The Parish Clerk (1907) Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • You must be awaked to the affairs of the world—especially such an affair as this.

    Kept in the Dark Anthony Trollope
  • Retired worn out; slept soundly; awaked by mate telling me that both man of watch and steersman missing.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • At last there came an answer, as though the speaker had just awaked.

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
  • But then, ages of years had passed, since I had awaked—tens of thousands of years!

    The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
  • Frequently after awaking I was distinctly aware of what movements of hers had awaked me.

    The Story of the Mind James Mark Baldwin
  • We were awaked in our encampment, between four and five o'clock, the next morning, by a shower of rain.

  • Unceremoniously Stair Garland awaked Louis from his drowse in the cave's mouth.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for awaked


verb awakes, awaking, awoke, awaked, awoken, awaked
to emerge or rouse from sleep; wake
to become or cause to become alert
(usually foll by to) to become or make aware (of): to awake to reality
(transitive) Also awaken. to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)
adjective (postpositive)
not sleeping
(sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
Word Origin
Old English awacian, awacan; see wake1
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Word Origin and History for awaked



a merger of two Middle English verbs: 1. awaken, from Old English awæcnan (earlier onwæcnan; strong, past tense awoc, past participle awacen) "to awake, arise, originate," from a "on" + wacan "to arise, become awake" (see wake (v.)); and 2. awakien, from Old English awacian (weak, past participle awacode) "to awaken, revive; arise; originate, spring from," from a "on" (see a (2)) + wacian "to be awake, remain awake, watch" (see watch (v.)).

Both originally were intransitive only; the transitive sense being expressed by Middle English awecchen (from Old English aweccan) until later Middle English. In Modern English, the tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense and past participle (awoke, awoken) to the original intransitive sense and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete (see wake (v.); also cf. awaken).


"not asleep," c.1300, shortened from awaken, past participle of Old English awæcnan (see awaken).

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Related Abbreviations for awaked


Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic Network
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