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a·wak·en

 (ə-wā′kən)
v. a·wak·ened, a·wak·en·ing, a·wak·ens
v.intr.
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.
v.tr.
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.

awakening

(əˈweɪkənɪŋ; əˈweɪknɪŋ)
n
the start of a feeling or awareness in a person: a picture of an emotional awakening.

a•wak•en•ing

(əˈweɪ kə nɪŋ)

adj.
1. rousing; quickening: an awakening interest.
n.
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 facts.
5. a renewal of interest in religion, esp. in a community; revival.
[1585–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.awakening - the act of wakingawakening - the act of waking; "it was an early awakening"; "it was the waking up he hated most"
arousal, rousing - the act of arousing; "the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions"
reveille - a signal to get up in the morning; in the military it is a bugle call at sunrise

awakening

Translations

awakening

[əˈweɪknɪŋ]
A. ADJ (fig) → naciente
B. Ndespertar m
he got a rude awakeningtuvo una desagradable sorpresa

awakening

[əˈweɪkənɪŋ] néveil m
a young woman's political awakening → l'éveil politique d'une jeune femme
the awakening of national identity → l'éveil d'une identité nationale
a rude awakening → un réveil brutal, une rude déconvenue

awakening

n (lit, fig)Erwachen nt; a rude awakening (lit, fig)ein böses Erwachen
adj (fig)erwachend

awakening

[əˈweɪknɪŋ] nrisveglio
References in classic literature ?
said the Judge, abruptly, as if awakening from a dream.
What it really did mark was the awakening of China.
The rush of expectant men out of the forecastle, the snatching of hand-spikes, the tramp of feet, the clink of the pawls, make a stirring accompaniment to a plaintive up-anchor song with a roaring chorus; and this burst of noisy activity from a whole ship's crew seems like a voiceful awakening of the ship herself, till then, in the picturesque phrase of Dutch seamen, "lying asleep upon her iron.
Let us beware of awakening those dead ones, and of damaging those living coffins!
Before the shades of evening had closed around us, I had a dozen awakening letters for my aunt, instead of a dozen awakening books.
I have to thank these pages for awakening the finest sensibilities in my nature--nothing more.
At this moment Raoul awoke, without a cloud on his face without weariness or lassitude; his eyes were fixed on those of Athos and perhaps he comprehended all that passed in the heart of the man who was awaiting his awakening as a lover awaits the awakening of his mistress, for his glance, in return, had all the tenderness of love.
She recalled faintly an ecstasy of pain, the heavy odor of chloroform, a stupor which had deadened sensation, and an awakening to find a little new life to which she had given being, added to the great unnumbered multitude of souls that come and go.
Then he felt a jealousy which be could never have believed possible awakening within him, a jealousy which made him redden with shame and indignation: "One might condone the captain, but this one
I shall always look back on that time of mental awakening as one of the happiest in my life.
This unexpected awakening of an old tenderness naturally prevented my speaking any more of my mind to Sylvia that evening.
All those who have perished on this mountain are awakening up to-day, as it were from a sleep, and are mounting their horses, and the whole population are gazing on this unheard-of wonder with joy and amazement.