awake

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈweɪk/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈweɪk/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə wāk)


Inflections of 'awake' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
awakes
v 3rd person singular
awaking
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
awoke
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
awoken
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
awake
Awake, wake, awaken, and wake up can all be intransitive verbs to say that someone becomes conscious again after being asleep. They can also be transitive verbs to say that someone makes you conscious when you have been asleep.
Awake and wake are irregular verbs. Their past tense forms are awoke and woke, and their -ed participles are awoken and woken.
‘awake’ and ‘wake’
Awake and wake are fairly common in writing, especially as intransitive verbs.
I awoke from a deep sleep.
I sometimes wake at four in the morning.
‘wake up’
In ordinary conversation, you use wake up.
Ralph, wake up!
They went back to sleep but I woke them up again.
‘awake’ used as an adjective
Awake can also be an adjective. If someone is awake, they are not asleep. Awake is usually used after linking verbs like be, stay, keep, and lie.
An hour later he was still awake.
Cho stayed awake for a long time.
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Awake is sometimes used after a noun.
She was the last person awake.
Be careful
Don't use awake in front of a noun. Don't say, for example, ‘an awake child’. Say ‘a child who is awake’.
Be careful
Don't say that someone is ‘very awake’. You say that they are wide awake or fully awake.
He was wide awake by the time we reached my flat.
She got up, still not fully awake.
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