awakening

An awakening is the act of waking up from sleep. It can also refer to other forms of new or sudden consciousness.

When you've been asleep, whether at night or during a nap, you wake up and regain consciousness. This is known as an awakening. However, this word is often used for more dramatic things than getting out of bed. Having a religious epiphany is an awakening. Deciding to get married could be considered an awakening. Any time you realize or accept something important and life-changing, it can be called an awakening, because it's almost like you were asleep before.

Definitions of awakening
  1. noun
    the act of waking
    “it was an early awakening
    synonyms: wakening, waking up
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    types:
    reveille
    a signal to get up in the morning; in the military it is a bugle call at sunrise
    type of:
    arousal, rousing
    the act of arousing
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