Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Is it that it seems a strange and hideous dream, from which we will awake and rub our eyes?

But how much nearer to him in reality was the child when awake and about the house?

The friends of pure and undefiled religion must awake to this danger.

Yet it was incredible that Colonel Woodville and his daughter should not be awake.

She went into her father's room, where he was awake and wondering.

The way the dogs barked all night—didn't they keep you awake?

The lady had fallen into a slumber, and the whisper was too low to awake her.

By seven o'clock he was awake with all the quick realisation of a Londoner.

Part of the night he thought of this imperfection; that is to say, so long as he was awake he thought of Rosa.

Tom did so; hardly knowing yet whether he was awake or in a dream.


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).


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.