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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AWAKENED

He went dazedly in to him,—and was awakened from the dream that he had been losing a fortune in his sleep.

Masses of Asia have awakened to strike off shackles of the past.

It was becoming certain that their self-respect was awakened.

She had slept, perhaps, a half-hour, when Fannie awakened her.

One morning at daybreak I was awakened by Jim swinging back my door.

One night Muffles was awakened by a stone thrown at his bedroom window.

The flowers of the hillside all awakened, and they, too, danced and sang.

It was Daisy's voice which awakened me from this species of trance.

All this is vastly wonderful; but I wish you had not awakened me so soon.

Their temporal sorrows have awakened their spiritual energies.

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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