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English definition of “awaken”


verb [I or T]     /əˈweɪ.kən/ literary
to stop sleeping or to make someone stop sleeping: They were awakened by the sound of gunfire. I awakened at dawn to find him beside me.Not sleeping and not unconscious
(Definition of awaken verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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