awake Definition

  • 1to stop sleeping and become conscious
  • 2to make someone stop sleeping and become conscious

Using awake: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "awake" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I usually awake at 6 am.

  • Example

    The sound of the alarm clock awakes me every morning.

  • Example

    She tried to awake her husband, but he was too tired to get up.

awake Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for awake

Antonyms for awake

  • fall asleep
  • doze off

Phrases with awake

  • fully alert and awake


    After drinking coffee, I felt wide awake and ready to start the day.

  • to become aware of or understand something


    She finally became awake to the fact that she had been lied to.

  • being conscious and knowledgeable about one's surroundings and situation


    The hiker remained awake and aware of his surroundings during the entire trek.

Origins of awake

from Old English 'āwæcnian', meaning 'to arise from sleep'


Summary: awake in Brief

'Awake' [əˈweɪk] is a verb that means to stop sleeping and become conscious or to make someone stop sleeping and become conscious. It has synonyms like 'wake up,' 'arouse,' and 'stir,' and antonyms like 'fall asleep' and 'doze off.' Phrases like 'wide awake' and 'awake to something' use 'awake' to denote being fully alert or becoming aware of something, respectively.

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