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having knowledge; conscious; cognizant:
aware of danger.
informed; alert; knowledgeable; sophisticated:
She is one of the most politically aware young women around.
Contemporary Examples

During the primary, she stated that U.S. laws “come from God,” and judges must be aware of that when deciding cases.
How Long Can the Republicans Hide The Crazy? Dean Obeidallah September 19, 2014

The good news is the Feds realize that they have to be alive to the risks and be aware of repeating the Japanese experience.
Will We Double-Dip? August 5, 2011

Hurst also spread the blame to police, who he said had been aware of the computer hacking but failed to alert him.
Murdoch’s Next Scandal Could Be Computer Hacking Mike Giglio February 20, 2012

Few were aware that Obama was a Dr. in his imagination alone.
The Tragic Life of Barack Obama’s Father Sally H. Jacobs July 9, 2011

I was aware that my legs were surrounded by water, but my top half was almost dry.
Swallowed by a Hippo Justin Green May 5, 2013

Historical Examples

Neither he nor his friends were aware at the time of their importance.
Archibald Hughson W.H.G. Kingston

Here stands its Government, aware of its might but obedient to its conscience.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

Fortunately I was aware of your destination and knew that we should meet.
The Secret Witness George Gibbs

And to attain it, we must be aware of its full meaning—and ready to pay its full price.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

We’re aware of the situation as well as you are—and then some.
This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch

(postpositive) foll by of. having knowledge; cognizant: aware of his error
informed of current developments: politically aware

late Old English gewær, from Proto-Germanic *ga-waraz (cf. Old Saxon giwar, Middle Dutch gheware, Old High German giwar, German gewahr), from *ga-, intensive prefix, + wær “wary, cautious” (see wary).


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