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awareness

[uh-wair-nis] /əˈwɛər nɪs/
noun
1.
the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness:
The object of the information drive is to raise awareness of what spreads HIV/AIDS.
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Related forms
hyperawareness, noun
overawareness, noun
self-awareness, noun

aware

[uh-wair] /əˈwɛər/
adjective
1.
having knowledge; conscious; cognizant:
aware of danger.
2.
informed; alert; knowledgeable; sophisticated:
She is one of the most politically aware young women around.
Origin
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
Synonyms
1. mindful. See conscious.
Antonyms
1. oblivious.
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British Dictionary definitions for awarenesses

aware

/əˈwɛə/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) foll by of. having knowledge; cognizant: aware of his error
2.
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 awarenesses

aware

adj.

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).

awareness

n.

1828, from aware + -ness.

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