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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wakeful mean? 

WAKEFUL (adjective)
  The adjective WAKEFUL has 3 senses:

1. carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger
2. (of sleep) easily disturbed
3. marked by full consciousness or alertness

  Familiarity information: WAKEFUL used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

WAKEFUL (adjective)

Sense 1wakeful [BACK TO TOP]


Carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger


open-eyed; vigilant; wakeful; watchful; argus-eyed

Context examples:

a policy of open-eyed awareness / the vigilant eye of the town watch / there was a watchful dignity in the room / a watchful parent with a toddler in tow


alert (very attentive or observant)

Sense 2wakeful [BACK TO TOP]


(of sleep) easily disturbed


wakeful; light

Context examples:

in a light doze / a light sleeper / a restless wakeful night


shallow (not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply)

Sense 3wakeful [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by full consciousness or alertness


waking; wakeful

Context example:

worked every moment of my waking hours


awake (not in a state of sleep; completely conscious)

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