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wake

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verb \ˈwāk\

Definition of wake

woke

play \ˈwōk\ also

waked

play \wākt\;

woken

play \ˈwō-kən\ or

waked

also

woke

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waking

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to be or remain awakeb archaic :  to remain awake on watch especially over a corpsec obsolete :  to stay up late in revelry

  3. 2 :  awake —often used with up

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to stand watch over (someone or something); especially :  to hold a wake over

  6. 2a :  to rouse from or as if from sleep :  awake —often used with upb :  stir, excite woke up latent possibilities — Norman Douglasc :  to arouse conscious interest in :  alert —usually used with to woke the public to the risks

waker

noun

Examples of wake in a Sentence

  1. She can never remember her dreams upon waking.

  2. my banging around in the kitchen woke my wife

Origin and Etymology 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


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wake

noun

Definition of wake

  1. 1 :  the state of being awake

  2. 2a (1) :  an annual English parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the church's patron saint (2) :  vigil 3ab :  the festivities originally connected with the wake of an English parish church —usually used in pl. but singular or plural in constructionc British :  an annual holiday or vacation —usually used in pl. but singular or plural in construction

  3. 3 :  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


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wake

noun

Definition of wake

  1. 1 :  the track left by a moving body (such as a ship) in a fluid (such as water); broadly :  a track or path left

  2. 2 :  aftermath 3

in the wake of

  1. 1 :  close behind and in the same path of travel missionaries arrived in the wake of conquistadors and soldiers — Sabine MacCormack

  2. 2 :  as a result of :  as a consequence of power vacuums left in the wake of the second world war — A. M. Schlesinger born 1917

Origin and Etymology of wake

akin to Middle Low German wake wake, Norwegian dialect vok, Old Norse vǫk hole in ice



WAKE Defined for English Language Learners

wake

play
verb

Definition of wake for English Language Learners

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

  • : to stop sleeping : to become awake after sleeping


WAKE Defined for Kids

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wake

play
verb \ˈwāk\

Definition of wake for Students

woke

\ˈwōk\ also

waked

;

woken

\ˈwō-kən\ or

waked

also

woke

;

waking

  1. 1 :  to arouse from sleep :  awake Hint: This sense of wake is often used with up. Wake us up at six.

  2. 2 :  to become alert or aware

Headscratcher for wake

The opposite of wake up is not wake down, but it does have something to do with a downward direction. The opposite of wake up is fall asleep.


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wake

play
noun

Definition of wake for Students

  1. :  a watch held over the body of a dead person before burial


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wake

play
noun

Definition of wake for Students

  1. :  a track or mark left by something moving especially in the water a motorboat's wake


Wake

geographical name \ˈwāk\

Definition of Wake for Students

  1. island North Pacific N of Marshall Islands; U.S. territory



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