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Poor Omar Ben was a sight to awaken pity, even in the stoniest of hearts.

But her interest in his hobby for once failed to awaken his enthusiasm.

He looked her in the face, but saw nothing to awaken his distrust.

"We would not be so willing to go to sleep if we thought we should not awaken," said the violet.

He was waiting now for Wotan to awaken and to give to him the beautiful Freya.

It was only in the street that Doctor Chassaigne seemed to awaken.

Then he fervently strove to awaken his brother's scientific pride.

He did not awaken until dinner time, and then he got the meal.

We need something to awaken our attention, to whet our appetite, and to contrast our joys.

I went softly into her room; she was asleep; I did not awaken her.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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