rousing; quickening: an awakening interest in ballet.
the act of awaking from sleep.
a revival of interest or attention.
a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something: a rude awakening to the disagreeable facts.
a renewal of interest in religion, especially in a community; a revival.

1585–95; awaken + -ing2, -ing1

awakeningly, adverb
reawakening, noun
unawakening, adjective Unabridged


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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awakening (əˈweɪkənɪŋ, əˈweɪknɪŋ)
the start of a feeling or awareness in a person: a picture of an emotional awakening

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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.
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Example sentences
Drinking jug wine with my in-laws was a culinary awakening.
It added little to my existing knowledge and did not provide a cultural
But on this morning of the great awakening, he wasn't hungry.
The programmed social awakening of the third month of life will meet almost all
  expectations, and it can't be rushed.
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