verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to awake; waken.

before 900; Middle English awak(e)nen, Old English awæcnian earlier onwæcnian. See a-1, waken

awakenable, adjective
awakener, noun
reawaken, verb
well-awakened, adjective Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

O.E. awæcnan (intrans.), "to spring into being," also, less often, "to wake up;" earlier onwæcnan, from a- (1) "on" + wæcnan (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 was confused with awake (v.) and a weak p.t. awæcnede (modern awakened) emerged and has since become the accepted p.t. form, with awoke and awoken transferred to awake. Subtle shades of distinction determine the use of awake or awaken in modern English. Related: Awakening.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
They usually sleep in this position during the day and awaken to search for
  food at night.
When you meditate you usually awaken a larger part of body than you intended
  with these subtle sensations.
Find him, turn him into a star and he will awaken a nation of fans.
There are negative externalities to resources being allocated by people who
  can't awaken to the absence of a beneficial return.
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