From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishawakea‧wake1 /əˈweɪk/ ●●● S2 adjective [not before noun] 1 SLEEPnot sleeping I hope he’s awake now. She was still only half awake when I brought her a cup of coffee. How do you stay awake during boring lectures? Emma lay awake half the night, worrying. The noise brought him wide awake (=completely awake). To keep themselves awake (=stop themselves from going to sleep) they sat on the floor and told each other stories.2 → be awake to somethingCOLLOCATIONSverbsstay/keep/remain awakeI was tired and it was hard to stay awake.lie awakeKate lay awake thinking about what had happened.keep somebody awakeThe noise of the airplanes kept me awake.shake somebody awakeBen shook me awake and told me the news.adverbsbe wide/fully awake (=completely awake)I'm never wide awake until I've had a cup of coffee.be half awake (=not fully awake)Most of the people on the train were only half awake.be hardly/barely awakeGeorge, barely awake, came stumbling down the stairs.
Examples from the Corpusawake• It was nearly three in the morning, but Jill was still wide awake.• Some members of the audience were clearly having difficulty staying awake.• They won't allow us to see her until the anesthesia had worn off and she's fully awake.• When she returned to the bedroom, Jamie was awake.• Are you awake?• She tossed and turned, willing herself to stay awake.• She was all right, she was awake.• It was about this time that we seemed to come awake again.• Gretchen wandered into the kitchen, only half awake and looking for coffee.• He listened, only half awake, as the teacher's voice droned on.• I was still wide awake at 2:00 a.m. when Jody came home.• I've stopped drinking coffee in the evenings, as it tends to keep me awake at night.• I've lain awake at nights, turning the problem over and over in my mind.• I'm usually awake before anyone else.• About 2 a. m. he was jerked awake by noises.• Will I be awake by the time I get back to the ward?• Ellen was determined to stay awake, despite the late hour.• We lay awake for hours, each immersed in his or her own thoughts.• John, are you awake? I think I heard someone downstairs.• "Are you awake, Lucy?" she whispered.• He was awake now, and he knew what had happened.• So for those of you who are still awake, she comes from Montreal.• Barely awake, we stumbled out of the tent to find ourselves in a foot of water.• Shall he doubt whether he is awake, whether he is being pinched, or whether he is being burned?• Ben lay awake, worrying about next day's exam.keep ... awake• Gloria would be able to read her Picturegoer as late as she wanted without keeping Dot awake.• You will be over the Falls and rescued in a few minutes and the water will help to keep you awake.• They keep us awake at night, along with public-safety concerns.• It's my husband Deardrie - he keeps me awake at night, grinding his teeth!• The insistent calls kept me awake for thirty minutes, forty, an hour.• Ike, former radio disc jockey, actually kept his congregation awake on Sunday mornings.• Nor did I complain when he kept me awake, twisting and turning, sighing and moaning.• Men find work problems keep them awake, while women worry about family troubles.awakeawake2 verb (past tense awoke /əˈwəʊk $ əˈwoʊk/, past participle awoken /əˈwəʊkən $ əˈwoʊ-/) [intransitive, transitive] 1 formalWAKE UP/GET UP to wake up, or to make someone wake up It was midday when she awoke. We awoke to a day of brilliant sunshine.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually use wake up rather than awake:I woke up at 4 o'clock this morning.2 literaryFEEL HAPPY/FRIGHTENED/BORED ETC if something awakes an emotion, or if an emotion awakes, you suddenly begin to feel that emotion The gesture awoke an unexpected flood of tenderness towards her. → awake to something→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusawake• And then one day it awoke.• I would place the picture next to my bed so that I could see it first thing when I awoke.• She awoke around 2: 30 a.m. and went to work.• I awoke, feeling that someone was nearby.• When he awoke, he was next to a fire.• I awoke in pain, still hung over from the Nembles, and from there I proceeded to stumble downhill.• I awoke to rain and sleet pounding on the roof, and to the sound of rushing wind.• Chapter Twelve Melissa slept late and awoke with a splitting headache.Origin awake2 Old English awacan (from wacan) and awacian (from wacian); → WAKE1