woke up also waked up; woken up also waked up; waking up; wakes up
: 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
: to rouse (a person or animal) from or as if from sleep
The sound of a door slamming woke him up.
: 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
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AdjectiveInstead, Rothstein suggests using a sleep-tracking device or app that monitors your body’s movement and heart rate to help determine your body’s natural bedtime and wake-up time. —L'oreal Thompson Payton, Fortune Well, 13 May 2023 One of the latest is an ultrasmall terahertz wake-up receiver chip designed by MIT engineers. —IEEE Spectrum, 8 May 2023 Looking for an excuse to get out, Michaelis had several wake-up calls. —Laurie Udesky, USA TODAY, 6 May 2023 With the ceremony starting at 6 a.m. Eastern time, that’s an early wake-up call. —Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 3 May 2023 The headlines as well as social media chatter around layoffs should be a wake-up call for all organizations to strengthen their communications and retention by using company culture as the glue that holds them together. —Dinesh Sheth, Forbes, 3 May 2023 Officials described the exam as an alarming wake-up call. —Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 1 May 2023 The journey has been pretty chill and easy, despite a 4 a.m. wake-up. —Jessica Ritz, Travel + Leisure, 28 Apr. 2023 This alone should be a wake-up call to be wary of the RESTRICT Act. —Landon Block, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Apr. 2023
VerbOn a usual Sunday morning, Timm Chiusano has a somewhat extreme routine: a 4 a.m. alarm, emails, a 3.6-mile walk to the Brooklyn promenade, and a visit to the gym, all before most people wake up. —Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2023 Putin's Ukraine invasion 'woke up the Taiwanese people,' McCaul says April 8, 202301:35 Late Saturday, Taiwan’s Ocean Affairs Council, which runs the coast guard, put out video on its YouTube channel showing one of its ships shadowing a Chinese warship, though did not give an exact location. —Reuters, NBC News, 9 Apr. 2023 The soft and breathable fabric is expertly positioned to keep you cool all night long — no waking up and searching for the cool side required. —Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2023 But there are always moments for Tiger when the golf gods wake up and decide his fortunes are about to change. —Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2023 My immigrant mom, who woke up at 7 a.m. and already made breakfast and scrubbed the kitchen, would intermittently holler at my siblings and me to get up, giving us a few chances to finally roll out of bed. —Irene Franco Rubio, refinery29.com, 6 Apr. 2023 Barbara woke up at her Lawrence home Sept. 28 and coughed up a little bit of blood, said her daughter Kami Spear. —The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2023 But this was a wake up call. —Elizabeth Mitchell Kadar, Good Housekeeping, 4 Apr. 2023 Explorations Wait, don’t miss out on these striking stories: — Take a look at 10 searing photos that made the world wake up to the climate crisis. —Katie Hunt, CNN, 1 Apr. 2023 See More
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