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English definition of “awakening”

awakening

noun [S]     /əˈweɪ.kən.ɪŋ/
the act of starting to understand something or feel something: a religious awakening the awakening of public concern about the environment He's in for a rude awakening (= will be shocked) when he starts work!Aware
(Definition of awakening noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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