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1. To become aware of something. You need to awake to the serious problems plaguing our country.
2. To be roused from one's sleep, due to a noise or other stimulus. This morning, I awoke to the sound of my neighbor's barking dog.
awake(n) someone to something
to make someone alert to something, such as a problem or a need. We need to awaken the voters to the need for more taxes. They awakened themselves to their callousness and began to treat other people better.
awake(n) to something
to wake up while experiencing something. Mary awoke to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. I love to awaken to music.