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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To subdue; to daunt.
  • v. To awaken; to arouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wake up; awake; come to.
  • To awaken; arouse from sleep or swoon.
  • To daunt; quell; cow.
  • To moderate; abate.
  • To become moderated or less vehement.


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  • K. has 'adaw, _to awaken_; but it is used by the poet Spencer _to slacken_'; hence the meaning I have given.]

    The Rowley Poems


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