from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To awake; waken. See Usage Note at wake1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to become awake.
- v. To cause to become conscious.
- v. To stop sleeping.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To rouse from sleep or torpor; to awake; to wake.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become awake; cease to sleep; be roused from sleep or a state resembling sleep: as, to awaken early.
- To come into being or action as if from sleep: as, hope awakened in his breast.
- To rouse from sleep or a state resembling sleep; cause to revive from a state of inaction.
- To call into being or action.
- [Awaken is chiefly used in figurative or transferred applications, awake being preferred in the sense of arousing from actual sleep.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. stop sleeping
- v. cause to become awake or conscious
- v. make aware
Middle English awakenen, from Old English āwæcnian : ā-, on, up; see a-2 + wæcnian, to waken; see waken.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
awake + -en (Wiktionary)