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v. a·wak·ened, a·wak·en·ing, a·wak·ens
1. To wake up: I awakened at 6:00 am.
2. To become aware of something: He finally awakened to the fact that he was wrong.
1. To cause to wake up: A barking dog awakened me during the night.
2. To cause (someone) to become aware; alert or enlighten: The news awakened her to the truth.
3. To stir up or produce (a memory or feeling, for example): Her new job awakened in her a sense of responsibility. See Usage Note at wake1.

[Middle English awakenen, from Old English āwæcnian : ā-, on, up; see a-2 + wæcnian, to waken; see waken.]

a·wak′en·er n.


(əˈweɪ kən)

v.t., v.i.
to waken.
[before 900; Middle English awak(e)nen, Old English awæcnian, earlier onwæcnian; see a-, waken]
a•wak′en•er, n.


Past participle: awakened
Gerund: awakening

I awaken
you awaken
he/she/it awakens
we awaken
you awaken
they awaken
I awakened
you awakened
he/she/it awakened
we awakened
you awakened
they awakened
Present Continuous
I am awakening
you are awakening
he/she/it is awakening
we are awakening
you are awakening
they are awakening
Present Perfect
I have awakened
you have awakened
he/she/it has awakened
we have awakened
you have awakened
they have awakened
Past Continuous
I was awakening
you were awakening
he/she/it was awakening
we were awakening
you were awakening
they were awakening
Past Perfect
I had awakened
you had awakened
he/she/it had awakened
we had awakened
you had awakened
they had awakened
I will awaken
you will awaken
he/she/it will awaken
we will awaken
you will awaken
they will awaken
Future Perfect
I will have awakened
you will have awakened
he/she/it will have awakened
we will have awakened
you will have awakened
they will have awakened
Future Continuous
I will be awakening
you will be awakening
he/she/it will be awakening
we will be awakening
you will be awakening
they will be awakening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been awakening
you have been awakening
he/she/it has been awakening
we have been awakening
you have been awakening
they have been awakening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been awakening
you will have been awakening
he/she/it will have been awakening
we will have been awakening
you will have been awakening
they will have been awakening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been awakening
you had been awakening
he/she/it had been awakening
we had been awakening
you had been awakening
they had been awakening
I would awaken
you would awaken
he/she/it would awaken
we would awaken
you would awaken
they would awaken
Past Conditional
I would have awakened
you would have awakened
he/she/it would have awakened
we would have awakened
you would have awakened
they would have awakened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.awaken - cause to become awake or consciousawaken - cause to become awake or conscious; "He was roused by the drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM."
reawaken - awaken once again
bring to, bring back, bring round, bring around - return to consciousness; "These pictures bring back sad memories"
call - rouse somebody from sleep with a call; "I was called at 5 A.M. this morning"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
cause to sleep - make fall asleep; "The soft music caused us to fall asleep"
2.awaken - stop sleepingawaken - stop sleeping; "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
3.awaken - make awareawaken - make aware; "They were awakened to the sad facts"
impress, strike, affect, move - have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"


1. stimulate, excite, provoke, activate, alert, animate, fan, stir up, incite, kick-start (informal), enliven, kindle, breathe life into, call forth, vivify The aim was to awaken an interest in foreign cultures.
2. awake, wake, wake up, revive, arouse, rouse He was snoring when I awakened him.


1. To cease sleeping:
2. To induce or elicit (a reaction or emotion):
يُثير المَشاعِريُفَيقُيوقِظ
vakna/vekja til meîvitundarvekja
잠에서 깨다
ปลุก ทำให้ตื่น
đánh thức


A. VTdespertar
to awaken sb to a dangeralertar a algn de un peligro
B. VI (also to awaken from sleep) → despertar
to awaken from one's illusionsdesilusionarse, quitarse las ilusiones
to awaken to a dangerdarse cuenta de un peligro


[əˈweɪkən] (literary)
to awaken to sth (= become aware of) → prendre conscience de qch
(= wake up) → s'éveiller
(= wake up) [+ person] → réveiller
[+ interest] → éveiller
to awaken sb to sth → faire s'éveiller qn à qch


(əˈweik) past tense awoke (əˈwouk) : past participles aˈwaked ~aˈwoken – verb
to wake from sleep. He was awoken by a noise; He awoke suddenly.
not asleep. Is he awake?
aˈwaken verb
1. to awake. I was awakened by the song of the birds.
2. to start (a feeling of interest, guilt etc). His interest was awakened by the lecture.


يُفَيقُ probudit (se) vække aufwecken ξυπνώ κάποιον despertar herätä réveiller buditi svegliarsi 目が覚める 잠에서 깨다 wakker worden våkne obudzić się despertar будить vakna ปลุก ทำให้ตื่น uyanmak đánh thức 唤醒
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I wonder if she is listening, if my voice is carrying a message into her soul," he thought and began to hope that on future Sunday mornings he might be able to say words that would touch and awaken the woman apparently far gone in secret sin.
I put some harmless sedative in your tea that you might sleep soundly, and not awaken until we were well on our way.
Hawkeye listened while he coolly adjusted his flint and reloaded his rifle; but the sounds, wanting the extraneous assistance of scene and sympathy, failed to awaken his slumbering emotions.
But I could imagine, even then, that, under some excitement which should go deeply into his consciousness -- roused by a trumpets real, loud enough to awaken all of his energies that were not dead, but only slumbering -- he was yet capable of flinging off his infirmities like a sick man's gown, dropping the staff of age to seize a battle-sword, and starting up once more a warrior.
Aside from those more obvious considerations touching Moby Dick, which could not but occasionally awaken in any man's soul some alarm, there was another thought, or rather vague, nameless horror concerning him, which at times by its intensity completely overpowered all the rest; and yet so mystical and well nigh ineffable was it, that I almost despair of putting it in a comprehensible form.
Hastily folding and directing this, she went to a drawer and made up a little package of clothing for her boy, which she tied with a handkerchief firmly round her waist; and, so fond is a mother's remembrance, that, even in the terrors of that hour, she did not forget to put in the little package one or two of his favorite toys, reserving a gayly painted parrot to amuse him, when she should be called on to awaken him.
There was little in the lads she had met thus far to awaken her fancy, for it habitually fed on better meat.
Most unwilling was she to awaken from such a dream of felicity to comprehend all the unhappy truths which attended the affair; and for some time she refused to submit to them.
It fell out that he was thus engaged in a season when crowds were few, and belated women few, and when his affairs in general were so unprosperous as to awaken a strong suspicion in his breast that Mrs.
Miss Mills was more than usually pensive when Dora, going to find her, brought her back; - I apprehend, because there was a tendency in what had passed to awaken the slumbering echoes in the caverns of Memory.
When should I awaken the heart within her, that was mute and sleeping now?
And having traveled through the world many days, I at last found her and kissed the lady very gently to awaken her--as the book said I should.