awaken to

a ˈwaken to [intransitive/transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they awaken to he/she/it awakens to present participle awakening to past tense awakened to past participle awakened to] phrasal verb
to begin to notice something, or to make someone begin to notice something, especially danger
awaken to something:

It took them many years to awaken to the dangers they were facing.

awaken someone to something:

Someone needed to awaken Gavin to the fact that his marriage was in danger.

Thesaurus: to warn someone about or against somethingsynonym to notice or recognize something or someonesynonym
Main entry: awaken

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awaken to [phrasal verb]
awaken to (something) or awaken (someone or something) to (something) : to become aware of (something) or to make (someone or something) aware of (something)

They finally awakened to the possibility of war.

The book will awaken their minds to the beauty of nature.

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Main Entry:awaken

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