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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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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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References in classic literature ?
But in vain did the two eldest mount guard in the church with their guns; as soon as the bird appeared high above their heads, sleep overpowered them, and they only awoke to hear the windows crashing in.
Last night when I awoke to draw my curtains closer, he sat weeping in the moonlight, so bitterly, I longed to speak a kindly word to him.
2 : to make or become conscious or aware of something <They finally awoke to the danger.
That's what happened to Graham Handley, who awoke to find a burly worker lying next to him instead of his wife.
But early Tuesday morning he awoke to find his Berg Street house on fire, sparked when his air conditioner malfunctioned, firefighters said.
Shannon Hales was sleeping on the settee with her father at the family home in Taylor Road, Kings Heath, when he awoke to find her dead.