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Definition of awakening noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] an occasion when you realize something or become aware of something If they had expected a warm welcome, they were in for a rude awakening (= they would soon realize that it would not be warm).
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the act of beginning to understand or feel something; the act of something starting or waking sexual awakening the awakening of interest in the environment
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: awakening

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