Pronunciation: (u-wāk'),[key] —v.,a•woke or a•waked, a•woke or a•waked or a•wo•ken, a•wak•ing, —adj.
—v.t., v.i. 1. to wake up; rouse from sleep: I awoke at six with a feeling of dread. 2. to rouse to action; become active: His flagging interest awoke. 3. to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often fol. by to): She awoke to the realities of life.
—adj. 1. waking; not sleeping.
2. vigilant; alert: They were awake to the danger.