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wakeful

[weyk-fuh l] /ˈweɪk fəl/
adjective
1.
unable to sleep; not sleeping; indisposed to sleep:
Excitement made the children wakeful.
2.
characterized by absence of sleep:
a wakeful night.
3.
watchful; alert; vigilant:
a wakeful foe.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; wake1 + -ful
Related forms
wakefully, adverb
wakefulness, noun
unwakeful, adjective
unwakefully, adverb
unwakefulness, noun
Synonyms
1. sleepless, awake, insomniac, restless. 3. wary, observant.
Antonyms
1. asleep, sleeping. 2. sleepful.
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Examples from the web for wakeful
  • Dream consciousness is not the same as wakeful consciousness.
  • Patients close to the end of life may be unable to maintain a wakeful state without high levels of emotional or physical pain.
British Dictionary definitions for wakeful

wakeful

/ˈweɪkfʊl/
adjective
1.
unable or unwilling to sleep
2.
sleepless
3.
alert
Derived Forms
wakefully, adverb
wakefulness, noun
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