[uh-wey-kuh n] /əˈweɪ kən/
verb (used with or without object)
to awake; waken.
Old English awæcnan (intransitive), “to spring into being, arise, originate,” also, less often, “to wake up;” earlier onwæcnan, from a- (1) “on” + wæcnan (see waken). Transitive meaning “to rouse from sleep” is recorded from 1510s; figurative sense of “to stir up, rouse to activity” is from c.1600.
Originally strong declension (past tense awoc, past participle awacen), already in Old English it was confused with awake (v.) and a weak past tense awæcnede (modern awakened) emerged and has since become the accepted form, with awoke and awoken transferred to awake. Subtle shades of distinction determine the use of awake or awaken in modern English. Related: Awakening.
[uh-wey-kuh n] /əˈweɪ kən/ verb (used with or without object) 1. to awake; waken. [uh-wey-kuh-ning] /əˈweɪ kə nɪŋ/ adjective 1. rousing; quickening: an awakening interest in ballet. noun 2. the act of awaking from sleep. 3. a revival of interest or attention. 4. a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something: a rude awakening […]
[uh-weyk] /əˈweɪk/ verb (used with or without object), awoke or awaked, awoke or awaked or awoken, awaking. 1. to wake up; rouse from sleep: I awoke at six with a feeling of dread. 2. to rouse to action; become active: His flagging interest awoke. 3. to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often […]
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fourth, one of the Midianite chiefs slain by the Israelites in the wilderness (Num. 31:8; Josh. 13:21).