From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Aware \A*ware"\, a. [OE. iwar, AS. gew[ae]r, fr. w[ae]r wary.
   The pref. ge- orig. meant together, completely. ?. See
   1. Watchful; vigilant or on one's guard against danger or
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   2. Apprised; informed; cognizant; conscious; as, he was aware
      of the enemy's designs.
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            Aware of nothing arduous in a task
            They never undertook.                 --Cowper.
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