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waken

play
verb wak·en \ˈwā-kən\

Simple Definition of waken

  • : to stop sleeping or to cause (someone) to stop sleeping

Full Definition of waken

wak·enedwak·en·ing play \ˈwāk-niŋ, ˈwā-kə-\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  awake —often used with up

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to rouse especially out of sleep :  wake

Examples of waken

  1. <a sudden loud noise wakened us>

  2. <she usually wakens when sunlight begins to stream through the windows>



Origin of waken

Middle English waknen, from Old English wæcnian; akin to Old Norse vakna to awaken, Old English wæccan to watch


First Known Use: before 12th century

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