The definition of aware is someone who knows or realizes something.
If you are up-to-date on the latest news then that is an example of being aware of the latest news.
- Obs. on one's guard; vigilant
- knowing or realizing; conscious; informed
Origin of awareMiddle English from Old English gewær from wær, cautious: see warn
- Having knowledge or discernment of something: was aware of the difference between the two versions; became aware that the music had stopped.
- Attentive and well informed: “Most scientists are thoughtful, liberal-minded and socially aware people” ( Armand Marie Leroi )
- Archaic Vigilant; watchful.
Origin of awareMiddle English variant of iwar from Old English gewær ; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots.
aware cognizant conscious sensible awake alert watchful vigilant
These adjectives mean mindful or heedful: Aware implies knowledge gained through one's own perceptions or by means of information: Are you aware of your opponent's hostility? I am aware that the legislation passed. Cognizant is a formal equivalent of aware: “Our research indicates that the nation's youth are cognizant of the law” (Jerry D. Jennings). Conscious emphasizes the recognition of something sensed or felt: “an importance . . . of which even Americans are barely conscious” (William Stanley Jevons). Sensible implies knowledge gained through intuition or intellectual perception: “I am sensible that the mention of such a circumstance may appear trifling” (Henry Hallam). To be awake is to have full consciousness of something: “as much awake to the novelty of attention in that quarter as Elizabeth herself” (Jane Austen). Alert stresses quickness to recognize and respond: I remained alert to career opportunities. Watchful and vigilant imply looking out for what is dangerous or potentially so: The watchful parents protected their toddler. The ranger kept a vigilant eye out for forest fires.
(comparative awarer, superlative awarest)