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waken to (something)

1. Literally, to be roused from sleep due to some stimulus, especially noise. I've been wakening to the sound of my neighbor's dogs barking at 6 AM every single morning for the past two months. We wakened to a clatter downstairs, and I thought for a moment that we were being robbed.
2. To encounter something upon waking. I wakened to the smell of bacon frying downstairs. For Mother's Day, let's let Mom sleep in and waken to a clean house.
3. To become aware and accepting something, such as some truth or issue. Companies are finally wakening to the need to treat customers as people instead of just figures on a spreadsheet. Our three-day retreat aims to help people waken to their own inherent spiritual power.
See also: to, waken
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wake (up) to something

 and waken to something
to awaken and face something, such as a problem, sunlight, music, noise, etc. I love to wake up to soft music. We woke to the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
See also: to, wake
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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