Definition of awake verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈweɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪk//
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they awake
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪk//
    he / she / it awakes
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪks//
    past simple awoke
    BrE BrE//əˈwəʊk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈwoʊk//
    past participle awoken
    BrE BrE//əˈwəʊkən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈwoʊkən//
    -ing form awaking
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪkɪŋ//
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to wake up; to make somebody wake up awake (somebody) (from/to something) I awoke from a deep sleep. The girls awoke to the sound of rain rattling on the windows. awake to do something He awoke to find her gone. awake somebody Her voice awoke the sleeping child. Which Word?awake / awaken / wake up / waken Wake (up) is the most common of these verbs. It can mean somebody has finished sleeping:What time do you usually wake up? or that somebody or something has disturbed your sleep:The children woke me up. I was woken (up) by the telephone. The verb awake is usually only used in writing and in the past tense awoke:She awoke to a day of brilliant sunshine.Waken and awaken are much more formal. Awaken is used especially in literature:The Prince awakened Sleeping Beauty with a kiss. Awake is also an adjective:I was awake half the night worrying. Is the baby awake yet? Waking is not used in this way. see also asleep, sleep
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] awake (something) if an emotion awakes or something awakes an emotion, you start to feel that emotion His speech is bound to awake old fears and hostilities.
  3. Word OriginOld English āwæcnan, āwacian, both used in the sense ‘come out of sleep’ (from a- ‘to, towards’ and wake).Extra examples He awoke suddenly in a cold sweat. I awoke from a deep sleep at six o’clock. She awoke early the next morning. Phrasal Verbsawake to something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: awake

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