Definition of Awaken

1. Verb. Cause to become awake or conscious. "Please wake me at 6 AM."

Exact synonyms: Arouse, Rouse, Wake, Wake Up, Waken
Specialized synonyms: Reawaken, Bring Around, Bring Back, Bring Round, Bring To, Call
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Arousal, Arouser, Awakening, Rouser
Antonyms: Cause To Sleep



2. Verb. Stop sleeping. "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"
Exact synonyms: Arouse, Awake, Come Alive, Wake, Wake Up, Waken
Entails: Catch Some Z's, Kip, Log Z's, Sleep, Slumber
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Derivative terms: Arousal, Awakening, Waker, Wakening
Antonyms: Fall Asleep

3. Verb. Make aware. "They were awakened to the sad facts"
Generic synonyms: Affect, Impress, Move, Strike

Definition of Awaken

1. v. t. & i. To rouse from sleep or torpor; to awake; to wake.

Definition of Awaken

1. Verb. (transitive) To cause to become awake. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To cause to become conscious. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To stop sleeping. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Awaken

1. to awake [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: awake

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Literary usage of Awaken

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1. The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying by Jeremy Taylor (1857)
"Instruments by way of Consideration, to awaken a careless Person, ... IN these and the like cases the spiritual man must awaken the lethargy, and prick the ..."

2. Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace (1881)
"If we can often repeat to ourselves sweet thoughts without ennui, why shall not another be suffered to awaken them within us still oftener."— Hesp. ..."

3. The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor by Jeremy Taylor, Charles Page Eden, Reginald Heber, Alexander Taylor (1850)
"Instruments by way of consideration, to awaken a careless person and a stupid ... In these and the like cases, the spiritual man must awaken the lethargy, ..."

4. The Popular Science Monthly (1873)
"Considering that the coati is a thoroughly arboreal animal, and such its agility that it descends trees head first, one would suppose that this would awaken ..."

5. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"awaken- ural life and benefits. Laymen enter ing of the upon literature. The world picture Twelfth becomes richer and broader, and in- Century. sight into ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1863)
"But it is a work well suited to awaken thought and inquiry in a right direction, and we are not surprised to hear that already it has passed ..."

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