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"awaken" in British English

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awakenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /əˈweɪ.kən/ literary
to ​stopsleeping or to make someone ​stopsleeping: 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 ​stopsleeping, or to ​cause someone to ​stopsleeping: [T] The ​family was awakened by a ​noise. fig. If ​interest is awakened, it is made more ​active: [T] His ​televisionseries awakened ​popularinterest in American ​architecture.
(Definition of awaken from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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