[ UK /wˈe‍ɪkfə‍l/ ]
  1. (of sleep) easily disturbed
    in a light doze
    a light sleeper
    a restless wakeful night
  2. marked by full consciousness or alertness
    worked every moment of my waking hours
  3. carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger
    a policy of open-eyed awareness
    the vigilant eye of the town watch
    a watchful parent with a toddler in tow
    there was a watchful dignity in the room
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How To Use wakeful In A Sentence

  • Tired after two performances that day, she began to drift between sleep and wakefulness.
  • The wriggle brought Shawn into a half wakeful state and he groggily inhaled a faintly flowery scent.
  • Roland felt wakeful and misplaced, as though he was in an art gallery or a surgeon's waiting-room.
  • They can treat their time away as a temporary break from reality, like a dreamworld where whatever happened stayed in the dream, not following them into the realities of wakefulness.
  • One can read several wakeful nights recorded in her face.
  • Cragg used it as a rendezvous or workshop and visited it stealthily on his "wakeful" nights. Mary Louise in the Country
  • Fergus and I, after having lain awake for a considerable time, taking it for granted that they had given up all intention of attacking the house, at length fell into a kind of wakeful doze from which we were at once aroused by a loud knocking at the hall-door. The Tithe-Proctor The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two
  • “No peaceful sleep, Domnuathi, but a wakeful eternity in the deepest pits of Annwn.” Earl of Durkness
  • You might call it a dreamscape, but they say no, it's "crepuscular" - it's the slippery moment just after you wake up, between sleep and wakefulness. NPR Topics: News
  • All of which makes, of course, for a heady mix: the world groaning into wakefulness, the ice splitting, the tubers stirring, and the whole cosmic rhythm incorporated into a scene of priests solemnifying the return of the light of the world. BREAKFAST WITH SOCRATES
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