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Definition of aware adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[not before noun] knowing or realizing something As you're aware, this is not a new problem. As far as I'm aware, no one has done anything about it. acutely/painfully (= very)aware aware of something I don't think people are really aware of just how much it costs. He was well aware of the problem. Everybody should be made aware of the risks involved. aware that… Were you aware that something was wrong?
  2. 2[not before noun] noticing that something is present, or that something is happening aware of somebody/something She slipped away without him being aware of it. They suddenly became aware of people looking at them. aware that… I was aware that she was trembling.
  3. 3(used with an adverb) interested in and knowing about something, and thinking it is important Young people are very environmentally aware. opposite unaware
  4. AWL Collocationsawareaware adjectiveconscious; informedacutely, keenly fully, perfectly consciouslyBy the late nineteenth century, physicists were keenly aware that light, like sound, propagates in waves.becomeMembers become aware of their group identity only by achieving a shared understanding with other group members.make somebodyIn conclusion, this policy makes students aware of a growing controversy in the scientific community.aware adjectiveincreasinglyWe are now increasingly aware of the impact of lifestyle on health status.environmentally, politically, sociallyRecent scholarship has demonstrated that Wheatley was a socially aware poet, writing for an audience she knew and understood.unware adjectivecompletely, totally apparently, evidently, seeminglyApparently unaware of Newcomb's work, Benford ended up proposing the same logarithm law.awareness nounenhance, heighten, increase, raise promote, fosterThe program fosters international awareness among students.
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