having knowledge; conscious; cognizant: aware of danger.
informed; alert; knowledgeable; sophisticated: She is one of the most politically aware young women around.

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

awareness, noun
hyperaware, adjective
self-aware, adjective
well-aware, adjective

1. mindful. See conscious.

1. oblivious. Unabridged
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aware (əˈwɛə)
adj (foll by of)
1.  having knowledge; cognizant: aware of his error
2.  informed of current developments: politically aware
[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 & History

late O.E., gewær, from ge- intens. prefix + wær "wary, cautious," from P.Gmc. *ga-waraz (see wary). Related: Awareness.
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Example sentences
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.
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