[not before noun] not asleep (especially immediately before or after sleeping) to be half/fully awake to be wide awake (= fully awake) I was still awake when he came to bed. The noise was keeping everyone awake. I was finding it hard to stay awake. He lies awake at night worrying about his job. She was awake (= not unconscious) during the operation on her leg. More Like This Adjectives that do not come before a noun afloat, addicted, afraid, alike, alive, alone, ashamed, asleep, awakeSee worksheet. Word Origin Old English āwæcnan, āwacian, both used in the sense ‘come out of sleep’ (from a- ‘to, towards’ and wake).Extra examples At night he lay awake beside her. By now, the baby was wide awake. Claudia came awake slowly. He was struggling to stay awake. It was very early and I was only half awake. Stephen jerked awake from a nightmare. The children were still awake when we went out. The noise had kept her awake.