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)

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, New-Media Pioneer 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 entry 1 "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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