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a·ware / əˈwe(ə)r/ • adj. having knowledge or perception of a situation or fact: most people are aware of the dangers of sunbathing. ∎  concerned and well-informed about a particular situation or development: a politically aware electorate.DERIVATIVES: a·ware·ness n.

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aware †on one's guard; cognizant of XIV. ME. awar, for earlier iwar, OE. ġewær = OS., OHG. giwar (G. gewahr); WGmc. formation f. *ʒa- Y- + *war- WARE2.