Past Tense Of Awake: Awaked or Awoke? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Awake?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the awake past tense is awoke or awaked. However, awaked is rarely used. Awake is classified as an irregular verb, so it doesn’t add -ed to the end of the word.

You just need to replace the second letter “a” with the letter “o” to get awake in the past tense.

The past participle of awake is awoken. You just need to add the letter “n” to the V2 of awake to get its V3. To make it clearer, you can watch the table below.

Simple Present He/She/It awakes

I/You/We/They awake

Present Continuous He/She/It is waking

I am waking

You/We/They are waking

Present Perfect He/She/It has awoken

I/You/We/They have awoken

Present Perfect Continuous He/She/It has been awaking

I/You/We/They have been awaking

Simple Past He/She/It/I/You/We/They awoke/awaked
Past Continuous I/He/She/It was awaking

You/We/They were awaking

Past Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They had awoken
Past Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They had been awaking
Simple Future He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall awake
Future Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall be awaking
Future Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have awoken
Future Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have been awaking

How do you spell awake correctly and naturally as native speakers? The video below will be useful:


According to the Macmillan Dictionary, the IPA transcription of awoke is /əˈwəʊk/. The past participle of awake is pronounced as /əˈwəʊkən/. You can watch the table below for more details.

Form of word Pronunciation 
awake /əˈweɪk/ /əˈweɪk/
awoke /əˈwəʊk/ /əˈwəʊk/
awoken /əˈwəʊkən/ /əˈwəʊkən/

Definitions And How To Use Awoke?

What about the meaning of awake? The English verb awake has two following main meanings:

  • To not fall asleep (especially immediately before or after sleeping), stop sleeping, or make someone stop sleeping.

Example: Did you see it? She awoke for two nights to take care of him. You should advise her to rest, or she will get sick.

  • To begin to understand/ to feel something or to make somebody start to understand/ to feel something

Example: A chance meeting in the park awoke passion and bond between two longtime friends reunited. They shared stories of their lives until sunset.

The past tense awake has the same meaning as the V1 form but is used to talk about the action that happened in the past, before the time of speaking.


  • Although she awoke all night to complete difficult tasks during the semester, the results were still not what she wanted.
  • The experienced doctors awoke all night to carry out the very difficult operation. The results were extremely encouraging because the patient was out of danger.


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Past Tense Of Awake

Choose the correct verb tense to fill in the blanks:

1 / 5

The long-standing gloom had dissipated thanks to the girl’s appearance. Love …… and so did his life. She is the sun that illuminates his life.

2 / 5

Mom: Why do you look like you have no energy at all? Didn't you sleep well last night?

Kim: I …… several times during the night because of the sound of babies crying.

Mom: Oh my dear, you should get used to it.

3 / 5

He was …… by loud yells from the other room but he decided to ignore it and go back to sleep. When he woke up early in the morning, the police had surrounded the room.

4 / 5

A visit to the Tuscan countryside …… her from the uncertain future. Now she wants to return to this quiet country place to live, work, and enjoy the rest of her beautiful life.

5 / 5

When she …… , the two girls were no longer there. Other servants said that the girls had quit their jobs and returned to their hometown to take care of their elderly relatives.

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What Are Synonyms And Antonyms Of Awake?

Synonyms of awake are: wake, wake up, get up, awaken, stir, rise, arise, rise and shine, open your eyes, rub your eyes, get out of bed, stretch your limbs, yawn and stretch, show signs of life, regain consciousness, come around, come round, come to, roll out of bed.

Sleep, take a nap, stay sleeping, sleep, rest, oversleep, turn in for the night, go to bed, doze off, and slumber are considered antonyms of awake.

Awaken or Awoken ?

Many people feel confused about awakened or awoken. Awaken is a verb in basic form, which means to stop sleeping or to make someone stop sleeping, while awaken is V3 of awake.

What about awoken vs awakened? Awakened is the past simple and past participle of awaken, while awoken is the past participle of awake.

Is Awoken A Word?

Awoken is considered a combination verb. It generally uses an auxiliary verb such as has, have, or had. The V3 form is used to express the perfect aspect, a verb construction that describes events occurring in the past that are linked to a later time, usually the present.

Therefore, awaken is always followed by has, have, had in front of someone’s actions not to sleep or stop sleeping. It also talks about understanding something up to now. For example, the story has awakened her about the value in life that humans can create.