verb \ˈwā-kən\

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

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

Full Definition of WAKEN

intransitive verb
:  awake —often used with up
transitive verb
:  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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