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awoken

[uh-woh-kuh n] /əˈwoʊ kən/
verb
1.
a 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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Examples from the web for awoken
  • More and more townsfolk have awoken and come out to stand and watch respectfully from around the perimeters of the field.
  • Staffers, awoken from sleep, scrambled to get to the office.
  • If it was there, it was largely dormant until he had awoken it within them.
  • Then she became aware, long before puberty had awoken any urge to mate, of her father's blood regal within her.
  • She realized that if she hadn't been awoken by the lights, the whole house could have burned, with her in it.
  • Ten years ago this week, our nation was abruptly awoken to the dangers of unchecked extremism.
  • Being awoken by egg-laying cackling hens would not be acceptable.
British Dictionary definitions for awoken

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 awoken

past participle of awake (v.); also see awaken. The tendency has been to restrict the strong past participle (awoken) 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 awoken

AWAKE

Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic Network
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