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

     

    awaken

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪkən//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪkən//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they awaken
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪkən//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪkən//
     
    he / she / it awakens
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪkənz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪkənz//
     
    past simple awakened
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪkənd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪkənd//
     
    past participle awakened
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪkənd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪkənd//
     
    -ing form awakening
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪkənɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪkənɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive, often passive] to wake up; to make somebody wake up awaken (somebody) (from/to something) She awakened to the sound of birds singing. awaken to do something We awakened to find the others gone. awaken somebody He was awakened at dawn by the sound of crying. 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] awaken (something) if an emotion awakens or something awakens an emotion, you start to feel that emotion The dream awakened terrible memories.
  3. Word Origin Old English onwæcnan, from on ‘on’ + waken.Extra examples He was rudely awakened by the sound of drilling. She was just awakening from sleep. By this point, her curiosity was well and truly awakened. Different images can awaken new emotions within us. The photograph awakened memories for me. Phrasal Verbsawaken (somebody) to something
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