past tense of awake (v.), from Old English awoc; also see awaken. The tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense (awoke) to the original intransitive sense of awake and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete.
1. He awoke to find Charlie standing near the bed.
2. He awoke from his sleep in a cold sweat.
3. The sound of many voices awoke her with a start.
4. She awoke with a numbed feeling in her left leg.
5. He awoke to find himself lying uncomfortably on a pile of firewood.