• IPA: /əˈweɪk/

awake (predicative only)

  1. Not asleep; conscious.
    Synonyms: conscious, lucid, wide awake, Thesaurus:awake
    Antonyms: asleep, unconscious, Thesaurus:asleep
  2. (figurative, by extension) Alert, aware.
    Synonyms: wary, woke, Thesaurus:vigilant
    Antonyms: heedless, oblivious
    They were awake to the possibility of a decline in sales.
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awake (awakes, present participle awaking; past awoke, past participle awoken)

  1. (intransitive) To become conscious after having slept.
    Synonyms: awaken, wake up, Thesaurus:wake
    Antonyms: fall asleep, Thesaurus:fall asleep
    • Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali.
  2. (transitive) To cause (somebody) to stop sleeping.
    Synonyms: bring round, cry, wake up, Thesaurus:awaken
    Antonyms: put to sleep
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [;view=fulltext chapter primum], in Le Morte Darthur, book XVII:
      Thenne she called the heremyte syre Vlfyn I am a gentylwoman that wold speke with the knyght whiche is with yow / Thenne the good man awaked Galahad / & badde hym aryse and speke with a gentylwoman that semeth hath grete nede of yow / Thenne Galahad wente to her & asked her what she wold
    • 1665 Robert Hooke, Micrographia
      [This ant] I ſuffered to lye above an hour in the Spirit; and after I had taken it out, and put its body and legs into a natural poſture, remained moveleſs about an hour; but then , upon a ſudden, as if it had been awaken out of a drunken ſleep, it ſuddenly reviv'd and ran away...
  3. (transitive) to excite or to stir up something latent.
  4. (transitive, figurative) To rouse from a state of inaction or dormancy.
  5. (intransitive, figurative) To come out of a state of inaction or dormancy.
    • The national spirit again awoke.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 1 Corinthians 15:34 ↗:
      Awake to righteousness, and sin not.
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