Pronunciation: (u-wāk'), [key]
—v., a•woke or a•waked, a•woke or a•waked or a•wo•ken, a•wak•ing,
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.
1. waking; not sleeping.
2. vigilant; alert: They were awake to the danger.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.