wake-up

adjective
\ ˈwāk-ˌəp How to pronounce wake-up (audio) \

Definition of wake-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: serving to wake up a wake-up alarm

wake up

verb
woke up also waked up; woken up also waked up; waking up; wakes up

Definition of wake up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive + intransitive

a : to cease sleeping : to become awake I woke up late this morning. When I woke up on Monday the sky was the color of mercury, and the air was heavy with moisture.— Ann M. Martin
b : to rouse (a person or animal) from or as if from sleep The sound of a door slamming woke him up.
c : to become aware or to make (someone) aware of something (such as an existing problem or danger) They finally woke up and realized what was happening. usually used with to a study that woke people up to the importance of regular exerciseIn 1997, … Jacob Nielsen predicted that if newspapers didn't wake up to the threat of online classified advertising and dominate the field by 1998, many of them would die within a decade.— Emily Benedek
d : to make (something) active : arouse, stir "And what joy and cheerfulness it wakes up within us, to see all nature beaming in brightness and sunshine …" added Alice …— Charles Dickens

First Known Use of wake-up

Adjective

1946, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1767, in the meaning defined above

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“Wake-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wake-up. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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