Awaking



to wake up; rouse from sleep:
I awoke at six with a feeling of dread.
to rouse to action; become active:
His flagging interest awoke.
to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often followed by to):
She awoke to the realities of life.
waking; not sleeping.
vigilant; alert:
They were awake to the danger.
Contemporary Examples

awaking the next day, it hardly matters to my life that another victory will have to await next season.
Who Cares What Tiger Did? Conor Friedersdorf November 27, 2009

Historical Examples

Then she fell asleep, awaking towards evening to find Bompard at the cave mouth telling her that supper was ready.
The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole

When I have been awaking at night, it has not been far from my thoughts.
The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord’s Dealings With George Mller George Mller

And yet a cry from Andree suddenly set Valentine erect, awaking to the reality of her position.
Fruitfulness Emile Zola

On his awaking, they gave him a packet which had been brought from the minister of war.
The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

Then suddenly Jerome, with no stir of awaking, opened his eyes and looked at her.
Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

As I have said, the newspapers have been a vital element in awaking the public.
McClure’s Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908. Various

At the same time the home government was awaking to the fact that the colonies were not under strict control.
The Colonies 1492-1750 Reuben Gold Thwaites

At the first sign of his awaking she was on her feet with her hand upon the bell.
The Little Russian Servant Henri Greville

So natural was her awaking that she did not realize that she had been asleep at all.
The Cruise of the O Moo Roy J. Snell

verb awakes, awaking, awoke, awaked, awoken, awaked
to emerge or rouse from sleep; wake
to become or cause to become alert
(usually foll by to) to become or make aware (of): to awake to reality
(transitive) Also awaken. to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)
adjective (postpositive)
not sleeping
(sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
v.

a merger of two Middle English verbs: 1. awaken, from Old English awæcnan (earlier onwæcnan; strong, past tense awoc, past participle awacen) “to awake, arise, originate,” from a “on” + wacan “to arise, become awake” (see wake (v.)); and 2. awakien, from Old English awacian (weak, past participle awacode) “to awaken, revive; arise; originate, spring from,” from a “on” (see a (2)) + wacian “to be awake, remain awake, watch” (see watch (v.)).

Both originally were intransitive only; the transitive sense being expressed by Middle English awecchen (from Old English aweccan) until later Middle English. In Modern English, the tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense and past participle (awoke, awoken) to the original intransitive sense and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete (see wake (v.); also cf. awaken).
adj.

“not asleep,” c.1300, shortened from awaken, past participle of Old English awæcnan (see awaken).
Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic Network

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