waken

play
verb wak·en \ ˈwā-kən \

Definition of waken

wakened; wakening play \ˈwāk-niŋ, ˈwā-kə-\
intransitive verb
:awake often used with up
transitive verb
: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, knock up [British], rouse, wake
Antonyms
lull
Related Words
roust, rout; raise, revive; reawaken, rewake; agitate, bestir, disturb, excite, provoke, stimulate, stir
Near Antonyms
hypnotize, mesmerize

WAKEN Defined for English Language Learners

waken

play
verb

Definition of waken for English Language Learners

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


WAKEN Defined for Kids

waken

play
verb wak·en \ ˈwā-kən \

Definition of waken for Students

wakened; wakening
:1wake 1
  • The sound of thunder wakened me.

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