Meaning of “awaken” in the English Dictionary

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"awaken" in British English

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awakenverb [ I or T ]

uk /əˈweɪ.kən/ us /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.

(Definition of “awaken” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"awaken" in American English

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awakenverb [ I/T ]

us /əˈweɪ·kən/

to stop sleeping, or to cause someone to stop sleeping:

[ T ] The family was awakened by a noise.

fig. If interest is awakened, it is made more active:

(Definition of “awaken” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)