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"awake" in British English

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awakeadjective [after verb]

uk   /əˈweɪk/ us   /əˈweɪk/
B1 not sleeping: "Is Oliver awake yet?" "Yes, he's wide (= completely) awake and running around his bedroom." I find it so difficult to stay awake during history lessons. I drink a lot of coffee to keep me awake. She used to lie awake at night worrying about how to pay the bills.
be awake to sth mainly UK
If you are awake to something, you know about it: Businesses need to be awake to the advantages of European integration.

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awakeverb [I or T]

uk   /əˈweɪk/ us   /əˈweɪk/ awoke or US also awaked, awoken
literary to stop sleeping or to make someone stop sleeping: I awoke at seven o'clock. She awoke me at seven.
to start to understand or feel something or to make someone start to understand or feel something: The chance meeting awoke the old passion between them. Young people need to awake to the risks involved in casual sex.
(Definition of awake from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"awake" in American English

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awakeadjective

us   /əˈweɪk/
not sleeping: If I drink coffee late in the day, I can’t sleep and stay awake all night.

awakeverb [I/T]

us   /əˈweɪk/ past tense awoke /əˈwoʊk/ awaked, past participle awoken /əˈwoʊ·kən/
to stop sleeping, or to cause someone to stop sleeping: [I] I awoke at 7, as usual.
(Definition of awake from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “awake”
in Korean 잠이깬…
in Arabic مُسْتَيْقِظ…
in Malaysian jaga…
in French (se) réveiller, (s’)éveiller…
in Chinese (Traditional) 醒着的…
in Italian sveglio, desto…
in Spanish despierto, despertar(se)…
in Vietnamese thức giấc…
in Portuguese acordado, desperto…
in Thai ตื่น…
in German aufwecken, aufwachen…
in Catalan despert…
in Japanese 目覚めている, 起きている…
in Chinese (Simplified) 醒着的…
in Indonesian bangun…
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