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ˌʌn əˈwɛərzun·awares

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unawaresadverb

    without forethought or plan; inadvertently

    "came upon the diamond unawares"

  2. unawaresadverb

    suddenly and unexpectedly

    "rain caught them unawares"; "sorrow comes to all, and to the young it comes with bittered agony because it takes them unawares"- A.Lincoln

  3. short, unawaresadverb

    at a disadvantage

    "I was caught short"


  1. unawaresadverb

    unexpectedly or by surprise

  2. unawaresadverb


  3. unawaresadverb

    without plan or forethought

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unaware, Unawaresadverb

    Etymology: from aware, or wary.

    It is my father’s face,
    Whom, in this conflict, I unawares have kill’d. William Shakespeare.

    Firm we subsist; yet possible to swerve,
    And fall into deception unaware. John Milton.

    A pleasant beverage he prepar’d before,
    Of wine and honey mix’d; with added store
    Of opium: to his keeper this he brought,
    Who swallow’d unawares the sleepy draught,
    And snor’d secure. Dryden.

    ’Tis a sensation like that of a limb lopp’d off; one is trying every minute unawares to use it, and finds it is not. Alexander Pope.

    Take heed lest you fall unawares into that inconvenience you formerly found fault with. Edmund Spenser.

    Lest destruction come upon him at unawares, and let his net that he hath hid, catch himself. Psalm xxxvi. 8.

    My hand, unawares to me, was, by the force of that endeavour it just before employed to sustain the fallen weight, carried up with such violence, that I bruised it. Boyle.

    He breaks at unawares upon our walks,
    And, like a midnight wolf, invades the fold. Dryden.

    Though we live never so long, we are still surprized: we put the evil day far from us, and then it catches us unawares, and we tremble at the prospect. William Wake.


  1. unawares

    Unawares typically means to be caught by surprise, unexpectedly, or without being prepared or forewarned. It refers to a situation or event that occurs when a person is not ready or does not expect it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unawaresadverb

    without design or preparation; suddenly; without premeditation, unexpectedly

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unawares in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unawares in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of unawares in a Sentence

  1. Ray Smith:

    It was a freak gust of wind that caught everyone unawares, it actually pulled the safety stakes out of the ground.

  2. Mahabharata:

    Death comes, and makes a man his prey, A man whose powers are yet unspent; Like one on gathering flowers intent, Whose thoughts are turned another way. Begin betimes to practise good, Lest fate surprise thee unawares Amid thy round of schemes and cares; To-morrow?s task to-day conclude.*

  3. Siddharth Astir:

    Routines catch us unawares after evolving into weaknesses!!!!

  4. Seneca:

    We deliberate about the parcels of life, but not about life itself, and so we arrive all unawares at its different epochs, and have the trouble of beginning all again. And so finally it is that we do not walk as men confidently towards death, but let death come suddenly upon us.

  5. Hebrews 132 Bible:

    Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

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    (law) the act of substituting of one creditor for another
    A sapling
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