from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To wake up.
  • intransitive verb To become aware of something.
  • intransitive verb To cause to wake up.
  • intransitive verb To cause (someone) to become aware; alert or enlighten.
  • intransitive verb To stir up or produce (a memory or feeling, for example).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb To rouse from sleep or torpor; to awake; to wake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To cause to become awake.
  • verb transitive To cause to become conscious.
  • verb intransitive To stop sleeping.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb stop sleeping
  • verb cause to become awake or conscious
  • verb make aware


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English awakenen, from Old English āwæcnian : ā-, on, up; see a– + wæcnian, to waken; see waken.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

awake +‎ -en


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