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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
1585-1595
1585-95; awaken + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
awakeningly, adverb
reawakening, noun
unawakening, adjective
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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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