Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective [never before noun] American English pronunciation: awake /əˈweɪk/

Related dictionary definitions

  1. not sleeping

    I've been awake for hours.

    lie awake:

    Do you lie awake at night, worrying about things?

    stay awake (=remain awake):

    I managed to stay awake long enough to watch the movie.

    keep someone awake (=prevent someone from sleeping):

    We've been kept awake all night by the noise.


hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog