Awoken



a past participle of awake.
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

Or as Ahrenberg says with delight, “We have awoken Sleeping Beauty.”
The Great Book of Picasso Returns Sarah Moroz February 14, 2014

Seventeen months later, a recently awoken Kennex is obsessed with figuring out how The Syndicate planned the ambush.
‘Almost Human’ Review: A Dystopian Future That We’ve Seen Before Chancellor Agard November 16, 2013

Had downtown been slipped a sedative, asked to be awoken when there was News?
The Capital Goes Nuts Simon Schama November 5, 2008

Last week, Mikhail Khodorkovsky was awoken in the middle of the night and taken away from his prison.
Pussy Riot Roars Out of Prison Anna Nemtsova December 22, 2013

But it also includes a new piece by Russian artist Valery Katsuba, entitled ALBATROSS (When memories are awoken by birds).
Max Mara’s Artistic Twist Daily Beast Promotions September 27, 2011

Historical Examples

Gilles slept long, and was awoken in full light by the sound of King Richard calling for his breakfast.
The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay Maurice Hewlett

The next morning we were awoken by hearing a great noise in the village.
Charley Laurel W. H. G. Kingston

Christendom had awoken to new life after the great and terrible New Year’s Eve of 999.
Historical Miniatures August Strindberg

Now, he was nothing but Siddhartha, the awoken one, nothing else was left.
Siddhartha Herman Hesse

Since you’ve awoken to notorosity, I have been studdyin’ out your family pedigree.
Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 18, July 30, 1870 Various

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

past participle of awake (v.); also see awaken. The tendency has been to restrict the strong past participle (awoken) to the original intransitive sense of awake and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete.
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).
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