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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 ?
These violent awakenings must have been annoying to Oliver, but he never complained.
When he watched the hairy man sleeping by the fire, head between his knees and hands clasped above, Buck saw that he slept restlessly, with many starts and awakenings, at which times he would peer fearfully into the darkness and fling more wood upon the fire.
The voice of the stream was as a drowsy whisper, ever interrupted by dozings and silences, ever lifted again in the awakenings.
cried Tom, awakening the next morning to find the sun streaming into his tent.
I shall always look back on that time of mental awakening as one of the happiest in my life.
He stood close to her, and the effrontery in his eyes repelled the old, vanishing self in her, yet drew all her awakening sensuousness.
Impatient in this situation to be doing something that might lead to her sister's relief, Elinor resolved to write the next morning to her mother, and hoped by awakening her fears for the health of Marianne, to procure those inquiries which had been so long delayed; and she was still more eagerly bent on this measure by perceiving after breakfast on the morrow, that Marianne was again writing to Willoughby, for she could not suppose it to be to any other person.
As they did this it chanced that certain dogs in the kraal heard the sound of the stirred boughs, and awakening, caught the smell of the wolves that were with Umslopogaas, for the wind blew from that quarter.
This unexpected awakening of an old tenderness naturally prevented my speaking any more of my mind to Sylvia that evening.
The knight, therefore, stretched himself for repose upon a rich couch with which the tent was provided; and the faithful Gurth, extending his hardy limbs upon a bear-skin which formed a sort of carpet to the pavilion, laid himself across the opening of the tent, so that no one could enter without awakening him.
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.
My absence had been noted by Sola on her awakening, and she had quickly informed Tars Tarkas, who had set out immediately with a handful of warriors to search for me.