Etymology
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aware (adj.)

late Old English gewær "watchful, vigilant," from Proto-Germanic *ga-waraz (source also of Old Saxon giwar, Middle Dutch gheware, Old High German giwar, German gewahr), from *ga-, intensive prefix, + *waraz "wary, cautious," from PIE root *wer- (3) "perceive, watch out for."

updated on October 19, 2017

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Definitions of aware from WordNet

aware (adj.)
(sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception;
became aware of her surroundings
aware that he had exceeded the speed limit
was aware of his opponent's hostility
Synonyms: cognizant / cognisant
aware (adj.)
bearing in mind; attentive to;
Synonyms: mindful
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