Pronunciation: (u-wā'ku-ning),[key] —adj. rousing; quickening: an awakening interest in ballet.
—n. 1. the act of awaking from sleep.
2. a revival of interest or attention.
3. a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something: a rude awakening to the disagreeable facts. 4. a renewal of interest in religion, esp. in a community; a revival.