[uh-weyk] /əˈweɪk/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), awoke or awaked, awoke or awaked or awoken, awaking.
to wake up; rouse from sleep:
"I awoke at six with a feeling of dread."
to rouse to action; become active:
"His flagging interest awoke."
to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often followed by to):
"She awoke to the realities of life."
waking; not sleeping.
vigilant; alert:
"They were awake to the danger."
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
British Dictionary definitions for unawake
awake (əˈweɪk)
vb , 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.  (tr) Also: awaken to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)
5.  not sleeping
6.  (sometimes foll by to) lively or alert

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Word Origin and History for unawake
a merger of two M.E. verbs: 1. awaken, from O.E. awæcnan (earlier onwæcnan; strong, past tense awoc, pp. awacen) "to awake, arise," from a "on" + wacan "to arise, become awake" (see wake (v.)); and 2. awakien, from O.E. awacian (weak, p.p. awacode), from a "on" + wacian "to be awake, remain awake, watch" (see watch (v.)). Both were originally intrans. only; the trans. sense being expressed by M.E. awecchen (from O.E. aweccan) until later M.E. In Mod.Eng., the tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense and pp. (awoke, awoken) to the original intransitive sense and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete (see wake; also cf. awaken).
M.E. awaken, from pp. of O.E. awæcnian (see awaken).
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