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

  • adj. Having knowledge or cognizance: aware of the difference between the two versions; became aware of faint sound.
  • adj. Archaic Vigilant; watchful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Vigilant or on one's guard against danger or difficulty.
  • adj. Conscious or having knowledge of something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Watchful; vigilant or on one's guard against danger or difficulty.
  • adj. Apprised; informed; cognizant; conscious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Watchful; vigilant; on one's guard.
  • Apprised; cognizant; in possession of information: as, he was aware of the enemy's designs.
  • Specifically Informed by sight or other sense.
  • Synonyms Aware, Conscious (see conscious), mindful, acquainted (with), sensible, observant.

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

  • adj. (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
  • adj. bearing in mind; attentive to


Middle English, variant of iwar, from Old English gewær; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English ġewær, from ġe- ("(intensifier)") (English a-) + wær (English ware), from Proto-Germanic *ga- + *waraz. Replaced plain (unintensified) ware. (Wiktionary)



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