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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

;

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 (as a dead body); 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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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 1ab :  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

13th Century

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 (as a ship) in a fluid (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


First Known Use: 1627



WAKE Defined for English Language Learners

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wake

play
verb \ˈwāk\

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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