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awoke

[uh-wohk] /əˈwoʊk/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of awake.

awake

[uh-weyk] /əˈweɪk/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), awoke or awaked, awoke or awaked or awoken, awaking.
1.
to wake up; rouse from sleep:
I awoke at six with a feeling of dread.
2.
to rouse to action; become active:
His flagging interest awoke.
3.
to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often followed by to):
She awoke to the realities of life.
adjective
4.
waking; not sleeping.
5.
vigilant; alert:
They were awake to the danger.
Origin
1000
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
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  • When she awoke, the pain was gone, but her foot looked a little red.
  • When he awoke he rushed to write it all down, exactly as he remembered it from a dream.
  • When he awoke his body had broken the fever and defended itself.
  • We awoke to the daily pounding of aircraft landing on the deck, seemingly directly above our heads.
  • The windows of the house in which he lived were high and he wanted to look at the trees when he awoke in the morning.
  • But that day's news played no part in awaking the curiosity, it awoke only annoyance and regret.
  • He was thinking of that afternoon and how it had affected his whole life when a spirit of protest awoke in him.
  • They awoke at night to the malevolent sound of rain.
  • He was actually in the diabetic coma from which he never awoke.
  • In the middle of the night she awoke to the sound of scraping on her bedroom window.
British Dictionary definitions for awoke

awoke

/əˈwəʊk/
verb
1.
a past tense or (now rare or dialectal) past participle of awake

awake

/əˈweɪk/
verb awakes, awaking, awoke, awaked, awoken, awaked
1.
to emerge or rouse from sleep; wake
2.
to become or cause to become alert
3.
(usually foll by to) to become or make aware (of): to awake to reality
4.
(transitive) Also awaken. to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)
adjective (postpositive)
5.
not sleeping
6.
(sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
Word Origin
Old English awacian, awacan; see wake1
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Word Origin and History for awoke

past tense of awake (v.), from Old English awoc; also see awaken. The tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense (awoke) to the original intransitive sense of awake and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete.

awake

v.

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).

adj.

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

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Related Abbreviations for awoke

AWAKE

Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic Network
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