the act of waking;
"it was an early awakening"
"it was the waking up he hated most"
- This speeded his intellectual awakening.
- The child has a gradual awakening to the joy of music.
- I had a rude awakening when I found myself on the verge of bankruptcy.
- China is like a giant awakening from a heavy sleep.
- At present the people in this country are increasingly awakening.