To awaken someone is to wake them up. You might awaken your roommate accidentally by practicing your tap dance routine in the kitchen.

You can awaken another person, and a noise or the smell of pancakes or a scary dream can all awaken you from a deep sleep. You can also use the verb awaken to describe what happens when you wake from sleep: "I awaken every morning with my pillow on the floor." A more figurative way to awaken is to arouse a certain feeling or awareness. For example, a sad movie can awaken melancholy feelings in the most cheerful person.

Definitions of awaken

v cause to become awake or conscious

arouse, rouse, wake, wake up, waken
cause to sleep
make fall asleep
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awaken once again
bring around, bring back, bring round, bring to
return to consciousness
rouse somebody from sleep with a call
resuscitate, revive
cause to regain consciousness
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make aware

“They were awakened to the sad facts”
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affect, impress, move, strike
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

v stop sleeping

arouse, awake, come alive, wake, wake up, waken
dope off, doze off, drift off, drop off, drowse off, fall asleep, flake out, nod off
change from a waking to a sleeping state
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change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

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