Pronunciation: (u-wā'ku-ning), [key]
rousing; quickening: an awakening interest in ballet.
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.
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