To be awake is to be conscious and aware. When you're awake, you're not sleeping.

  • It's still morning, which means that people are still awake.

  • The cat is sleeping, but the dog is awake because he's paying attention.

Definition of wakefulness


a temporary state in which you are unable (or unwilling) to sleep




the process of paying close and continuous attention


alertness, vigilance, watchfulness


a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world

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Example Sentences for wakefulness

  • 1

    How do you distinguish between self awareness and wakefulness

  • 2

    They may experience sleep wake cycles, or be in a state of chronic wakefulness.

  • 3

    It is important to be wakeful and vigilant.

  • 4

    It's a vigil, a state of wakefulness.

  • 5

    Birds wake up and twitter.

  • 6

    Orexin seems to promote wakefulness.

  • 7

    She is wakeful due to insomnia.

  • 8

    Wake the town and tell the people.

  • 9

    Carla wakes him from the reverie.

  • 10

    James Dobson wakes up apoplectic.