verb \ˈwāk\

: to cause (a person or animal) to be awake after sleeping

: to stop sleeping : to become awake after sleeping

woke \ˈwōk\ also waked \wākt\ wo·ken \ˈwō-kən\ or waked also wokewak·ing

Full Definition of WAKE

intransitive verb
a :  to be or remain awake
b archaic :  to remain awake on watch especially over a corpse
c obsolete :  to stay up late in revelry
:  awake —often used with up
transitive verb
:  to stand watch over (as a dead body); especially :  to hold a wake over
a :  to rouse from or as if from sleep :  awake —often used with up
b :  stir, excite <woke up latent possibilities — Norman Douglas>
c :  to arouse conscious interest in :  alert —usually used with to <woke the public to the risks>
wak·er noun

Examples of WAKE

  1. She can never remember her dreams upon waking.
  2. <my banging around in the kitchen woke my wife>

Origin of WAKE

partly from Middle English waken (past wook, past participle waken), from Old English wacan to awake (past wōc, past participle wacen); partly from Middle English wakien, waken (past & past participle waked), from Old English wacian to be awake (past wacode, past participle wacod); akin to Old English wæccan to watch, Latin vegēre to enliven
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to WAKE



Definition of WAKE

:  the state of being awake
a (1) :  an annual English parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the church's patron saint (2) :  vigil 1a
b :  the festivities originally connected with the wake of an English parish church —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction
c British :  an annual holiday or vacation —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction
:  a watch held over the body of a dead person prior to burial and sometimes accompanied by festivity

First Known Use of WAKE

13th century



Definition of WAKE

:  the track left by a moving body (as a ship) in a fluid (as water); broadly :  a track or path left
:  aftermath 3
in the wake of
:  close behind and in the same path of travel <missionaries arrived in the wake of conquistadors and soldiers — Sabine MacCormack>
:  as a result of :  as a consequence of <power vacuums left in the wake of the second world war — A. M. Schlesinger b1917>

Origin of WAKE

akin to Middle Low German wake wake, Norwegian dialect vok, Old Norse vǫk hole in ice
First Known Use: 1627


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