When you're awake, you're conscious and aware of your surroundings. When you're not awake, you're asleep. If you are reading this, you are indeed awake.

Most people are awake during the day and asleep at night, but if you work the night shift or suffer from insomnia, you might also be awake at night. When awake is used as a verb, it means "wake up:" "I watched my kitten awake from a deep sleep and yawn." Awake comes from two Old English roots, āwæcnan, "to arise," and āwacian, "to revive."

Definitions of awake
  1. adjective
    not in a state of sleep; completely conscious
    “lay awake thinking about his new job”
    “still not fully awake
    alert, watchful
    engaged in or accustomed to close observation
    astir, up
    out of bed
    (somewhat formal) having been waked up
    insomniac, sleepless, watchful
    experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness
    unsleeping, wide-awake
    fully awake
    wakeful, waking
    marked by full consciousness or alertness
    aware, cognisant, cognizant
    (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
    knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
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    in a state of sleep
    at rest
    in a state of repose or especially sleep
    dormant, hibernating, torpid
    in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
    dozy, drowsing, drowsy
    half asleep
    fast asleep, sound asleep
    sleeping deeply
    of or relating to a state of sleep or hypnosis
    sleepy, sleepy-eyed, sleepyheaded
    ready to fall asleep
    slumberous, slumbery, slumbrous, somnolent
    inclined to or marked by drowsiness
    still asleep
    incognizant, unaware
    (often followed by `of') not aware
    not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
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  2. adjective
    mentally perceptive and responsive;"an alert mind"
    awake to the dangers of her situation”
    “was now awake to the reality of his predicament”
    synonyms: alert, alive
    aware, cognisant, cognizant
    (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
  3. verb
    stop sleeping
    synonyms: arouse, awaken, come alive, wake, wake up, waken
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    dope off, doze off, drift off, drop off, drowse off, fall asleep, flake out, nod off
    change from a waking to a sleeping state
    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
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