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awaken

[uh-wey-kuh n] /əˈweɪ kən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to awake; waken.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English awak(e)nen, Old English awæcnian earlier onwæcnian. See a-1, waken
Related forms
awakenable, adjective
awakener, noun
reawaken, verb
well-awakened, adjective

awakening

[uh-wey-kuh-ning] /əˈweɪ kə nɪŋ/
adjective
1.
rousing; quickening:
an awakening interest in ballet.
noun
2.
the act of awaking from sleep.
3.
a revival of interest or attention.
4.
a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something:
a rude awakening to the disagreeable facts.
5.
a renewal of interest in religion, especially in a community; a revival.
Origin
1585-95; awaken + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
awakeningly, adverb
reawakening, noun
unawakening, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reawakening

awakening

/əˈweɪkənɪŋ; əˈweɪknɪŋ/
noun
1.
the start of a feeling or awareness in a person a picture of an emotional awakening
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Word Origin and History for reawakening
awaken
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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