waken

verb wak·en \ ˈwā-kən \
Updated on: 8 Apr 2018
wakened; wakening play \ˈwāk-niŋ, ˈwā-kə-\
: awake often used with up
: to rouse especially out of sleep : wake

Examples of waken in a Sentence

  1. a sudden loud noise wakened us

  2. she usually wakens when sunlight begins to stream through the windows

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Origin and Etymology of waken

Middle English waknen, from Old English wæcnian; akin to Old Norse vakna to awaken, Old English wæccan to watch

waken Synonyms

Synonyms

arouse, awake, awaken, rouse, wake;

Antonyms

lull;

Near Antonyms

hypnotize, mesmerize;


WAKEN Defined for English Language Learners

waken

  • : to stop sleeping or to cause (someone) to stop sleeping


WAKEN Defined for Kids

waken

verb wak·en \ ˈwā-kən \
wakened; wakening
: 1wake 1
  • The sound of thunder wakened me.

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