• WordNet 3.6
    • v awaken stop sleeping "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"
    • v awaken cause to become awake or conscious "He was roused by the drunken men in the street","Please wake me at 6 AM."
    • v awaken make aware "They were awakened to the sad facts"
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We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t. & i Awaken To rouse from sleep or torpor; to awake; to wake. "He] is dispatched
      Already to awaken whom thou nam'st."
      "Their consciences are thoroughly awakened ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • awaken To become awake; cease to sleep; be roused from sleep or a state resembling sleep: as, to awaken early.
    • awaken To come into being or action as if from sleep: as, hope awakened in his breast.
    • awaken To rouse from sleep or a state resembling sleep; cause to revive from a state of inaction.
    • awaken To call into being or action.
    • awaken [Awaken is chiefly used in figurative or transferred applications, awake being preferred in the sense of arousing from actual sleep.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Awaken to awake: to rouse into interest or attention:
    • v.t., v.i Awaken (theol.) to call to a sense of sin
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  • Bayard Taylor
    Bayard Taylor
    “Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.”
  • Friedrich Von Sachsen
    Friedrich Von Sachsen
    “Confidence awakens confidence.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “Death -- the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening.”
  • Edgar F. Roberts
    Edgar F. Roberts
    “Every human mind is a great slumbering power until awakened by a keen desire and by definite resolution to do.”
  • Patricia Neal
    Patricia Neal
    “A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. awakenen, awaknen, AS. āwæcnan, āwæcnian, v. i.; pref. on-, + wæcnan, to wake. Cf. Awake (v. t.)


In literature:

Henry, nevertheless, knew that it was time to go, and he awakened the sleepers.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
And none of them awakened either, as the dark night wore on.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
After a moment's pause he shook himself as if awakening from a dream and continued his narrative.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
Henry awakened his comrades and told them all that he had seen.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The birds, too, awakened his compassion.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
This awakened in him a longing for intercourse with congenial companions.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
But near them there lived a cross old woman who did not like to be awakened so early.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
It awakened Philip as from a fit of intoxication.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Henry did not awaken until well after noon, but as usual his awakening was instantaneous, that is, all his faculties were keenly alert at once.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
She was slowly awakening to a sense of its beauty, and she was by no means dissatisfied.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

In poetry:

The Holy Spirit
reigns here free –
awakens, renews
"In The Woods" by Eberhard Arnold
But the woodman's cot
By the ivied trees
Awakens not
To light or breeze.
"Interval" by Edward Thomas
It broke out into warbles,
And singing sped away;
But I, like one awakened,
Fled down the mossy way.
"Entangled" by Mathilde Blind
Thee shall awaken
Flame from the furnace,
Bath of all brave ones,
Cleanser of conscience,
Welder of will.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
Of vistas bright with opening day,
Whose all-awakening sun
Showed in life's landscape, far away,
The summits to be won!
"To James Freeman Clarke" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Awakened from my dreaming,
Time speaks of saddened years,
Two-score more, and voices hushed.
Flow now, ye pent-up tears!
"Voices Hushed" by Mary Alice Walton

In news:

'Spring Awakening' by Kentucky Conservatory depicts teen angst .
Kentucky Conservatory Theatre couldn't wait to tackle 'Spring Awakening'.
Distant explosions have awakened a sense of foreboding even in the tranquil Old City.
You awaken deep in the night, and it has grown cold since bedtime, and you pull the covers to your chin.
Some residents got a rude awakening when a car crashed into their house early Thursday.
The Afghan children awakened in the dead of night with a terrifying warning: An American soldier was in their village, and he had shot at least one man to death.
A look into the silly (and seedy) sexual awakening of Monty Python's Graham Chapman reveals his absurd take on everything.
Awakening to the shrill sounds of my 'new mother.
BLMC To See Spring Awakening .
Stray Dog Theatre presents Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening Oct 4-20 at Tower Grove Abbey in St Louis, MO.
An extreme awakening makes Cena snap.
Awakening Hearts through children's art and words with Jolene DeLisa and "The Children's Peace Book" Wednesday, October 12 6-7pm.
3rd Corvallis woman reports awakening to intruder watching her sleep.
Man may get rude awakening why wife clings to night shift.
Husband may get rude awakening why wife clings to night shift.

In science:

If the origin is initially occupied then the number of active particles grows to infinity as active particles jump on sites that have not been visited before, awakening the particles that are sitting there.
The shape theorem for the frog model with random initial configuration
With overwhelming probability it stays in D (n) 1,ε all that time and awakens at least O(n1−ε) sleeping particles.
The shape theorem for the frog model with random initial configuration
Pick n1−ε particles in D (n) 1,ε which were awakened by the initial particle by time n.
The shape theorem for the frog model with random initial configuration
In general, each time that one is computing the expected number of newly awakened particles in the proof of Lemma 2.1, considering m-good initial configuration instead of one-particle-per-site initial configuration costs only a constant factor.
The shape theorem for the frog model with random initial configuration
The awakened process spins and sleeps again.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace