Origin of awakenMiddle English awakenen from Old English awæcnian, to awaken from on-, out + wæcnian, to waken
verba·wak·ened, a·wak·en·ing, a·wak·ens
- To wake up: I awakened at 6:00 AM.
- To become aware of something: He finally awakened to the fact that he was wrong.
- To cause to wake up: A barking dog awakened me during the night.
- To cause (someone) to become aware; alert or enlighten: The news awakened her to the truth.
- To stir up or produce (a memory or feeling, for example): Her new job awakened in her a sense of responsibility. See Usage Note at wake1.
Origin of awakenMiddle English awakenen from Old English āwæcnian ā- on, up ; see a- 2. wæcnian to waken ; see waken .
(third-person singular simple present awakens, present participle awakening, simple past awoke, past participle awoken)
From awake + -en.