Definition of awakening noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈweɪkənɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪkənɪŋ//
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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 somebody waking sexual awakening the awakening of interest in the environment
  3. Extra examples Kerry’s awakening from slumber an awakening from a terrible vision to cheerful realities the political awakening that followed the Second World War the story of one boy’s awakening to his sexuality
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