from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To rouse from sleep; waken.
- transitive v. To stir the interest of; excite.
- transitive v. To stir up (memories, for example).
- intransitive v. To wake up.
- intransitive v. To become alert.
- intransitive v. To become aware or cognizant: awoke to reality. See Usage Note at wake1.
- adj. Completely conscious; not in a state of sleep.
- adj. Vigilant; watchful. See Synonyms at aware.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not asleep; conscious.
- adj. Alert, aware.
- v. To become conscious after having slept.
- v. To cause (somebody) to stop sleeping.
- v. to excite or to stir up something latent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To rouse from sleep; to wake; to awaken.
- transitive v. To rouse from a state resembling sleep, as from death, stupidity., or inaction; to put into action; to give new life to; to stir up
- intransitive v. To cease to sleep; to come out of a state of natural sleep; and, figuratively, out of a state resembling sleep, as inaction or death.
- adj. Not sleeping or lethargic; roused from sleep; in a state of vigilance or action.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cease to sleep; come out of a state of natural sleep.
- To come into being or action as if from sleep.
- To bestir or rouse one's self from a state resembling sleep; emerge from a state of inaction; be invigorated with new life; become alive: as, to awake from sloth; to awake to the consciousness of a great loss.
- To be or remain awake; watch.
- To arouse from sleep.
- To arouse from a state resembling sleep, as from death, stupor, or inaction; put into action or new life: as, to awake the dead; to awake the dormant faculties.
- Synonyms To wake, excite, stir up, call forth, stimulate, spur (up).
- Roused from sleep; not sleeping; in a state of vigilance or action.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not in a state of sleep; completely conscious
- adj. mentally perceptive and responsive
- v. stop sleeping
Middle English awaken, from Old English āwacan : ā-, intensive pref. + wacan, wake; see wake1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English awaken, from Old English awacan, from a- (intensive prefix) + wacan ("wake"). (Wiktionary)