awake to

awake to

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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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You have to be awake to the historical moment and maybe a little crazy to think that this coalition of the unwashed, the raffish, the punks, the anarchists, the dope smokers, the tree sitters, the dumpster divers and the aggressive cyclists might actually constitute the Parousia, what Christians know as the in-breaking of God's kingdom on Earth.
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"You've got to be awake to hunt and eat, and there are few things more arousing than food.
No long haul flights or coach holidays - no one else travelling would get any sleep as the snoring would keep them awake or the noisy one would have to stay awake and the partner would have to stay awake to nudge the snorer should he fall asleep!