For the verb: "to wake"

Simple Past: woke
Past Participle: woken

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
wake1 /weɪk/USA pronunciation   v.,  waked or woke/woʊk/USA pronunciation  waked or wok•en/ˈwoʊkən/USA pronunciation  wak•ing, n. 
  1. to (cause to) become roused from sleep;
    awake: [no object;  (~ + up)]to wake (up) from a nightmare.[+ object (+  up)]The noise woke him (up).[~ (+ up) + object]Please wake (up) the children.
  2. to (cause to) become aware of something: [no object]You'd better wake (up) to what they're doing to you.[+ object (+ up)]The energy crisis woke us (up) to the need for conservation.[~ (+ up) + object]The crisis failed to wake (up) the public.

n. [countable]
  1. (in some religious traditions) a vigil held in the presence of the body of a dead person before burial.

wake2 /weɪk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Naval Termsthe track of waves left by a moving ship or boat.
  2. the path or course of something that has passed or gone before:The hurricane left devastation in its wake.
  1. Idiomsin the wake of: 
    • Idiomsas a result of:In the wake of the snowstorm the schools closed.
    • close behind:Settlers followed in the wake of the pioneers.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
wake1  (wāk),USA pronunciation  v.,  waked  or woke, waked  or wok•en, wak•ing, n. 
  1. to become roused from sleep;
    waken (often fol. by up).
  2. to become roused from a tranquil or inactive state;
    waken:to wake from one's daydreams.
  3. to become cognizant or aware of something;
    waken:to wake to the true situation.
  4. to be or continue to be awake:Whether I wake or sleep, I think of you.
  5. to remain awake for some purpose, duty, etc.:I will wake until you return.
  6. to hold a wake over a corpse.
  7. to keep watch or vigil.

  1. to rouse from sleep;
    waken (often fol. by up):Don't wake me for breakfast. Wake me up at six o'clock.
  2. to rouse from lethargy, apathy, ignorance, etc. (often fol. by up):The tragedy woke us up to the need for safety precautions.
  3. to hold a wake for or over (a dead person).
  4. to keep watch or vigil over.

  1. a watching, or a watch kept, esp. for some solemn or ceremonial purpose.
  2. a watch or vigil by the body of a dead person before burial, sometimes accompanied by feasting or merrymaking.
  3. a local annual festival in England, formerly held in honor of the patron saint or on the anniversary of the dedication of a church but now usually having little or no religious significance.
  4. the state of being awake:between sleep and wake.
waker, n. 
  • Gmc *wak- be lively; akin to watch, vegetable, vigil
  • bef. 900; (verb, verbal) in sense "to become awake'' continuing Middle English waken, Old English *wacan (found only in past tense wōc and the compounds onwacan, āwacan to become awake; see awake (verb, verbal)); in sense "to be awake'' continuing Middle English waken, Old English wacian (cognate with Old Frisian wakia, Old Saxon wakōn, Old Norse vaka, Gothic wakan); in sense "to rouse from sleep'' continuing Middle English waken, replacing Middle English wecchen, Old English weccan, probably altered by association with the other senses and with the k of Old Norse vaka; (noun, nominal) Middle English: state of wakefulness, vigil (late Middle English: vigil over a dead body), probably continuing Old English *wacu (found only in nihtwacu night-watch); all ultimately
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged arouse.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stimulate, activate, animate, kindle, provoke.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sleep.

wake2  (wāk),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Naval Termsthe track of waves left by a ship or other object moving through the water:The wake of the boat glowed in the darkness.
  2. the path or course of anything that has passed or preceded:The tornado left ruin in its wake.
  3. in the wake of: 
    • as a result of:An investigation followed in the wake of the scandal.
    • succeeding;
      following:in the wake of the pioneers.
  • Middle Low German, Dutch wake, or Old Norse vǫk hole in the ice
  • 1540–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

wake /weɪk/ vb (wakes, waking, woke, woken)
  1. (often followed by up) to rouse or become roused from sleep
  2. (often followed by up) to rouse or become roused from inactivity
  3. (intr; often followed by to or up to) to become conscious or aware: at last he woke to the situation
  4. (intransitive) to be or remain awake
  5. (transitive) to arouse (feelings etc)
  1. a watch or vigil held over the body of a dead person during the night before burial
  2. (in Ireland) festivities held after a funeral
  3. the patronal or dedication festival of English parish churches
  4. a solemn or ceremonial vigil
  5. (usually plural) an annual holiday in any of various towns in northern England, when the local factory or factories close, usually for a week or two weeks
Etymology: Old English wacian; related to Old Frisian wakia, Old High German wahtēn

ˈwaker n USAGE
Where there is an object and the sense is the literal one wake (up) and waken are the commonest forms: I wakened him; I woke him (up). Both verbs are also commonly used without an object: I woke up. Awake and awaken are preferred to other forms of wake where the sense is a figurative one: he awoke to the danger

wake /weɪk/ n
  1. the waves or track left by a vessel or other object moving through water
  2. the track or path left by anything that has passed: wrecked houses in the wake of the hurricane
Etymology: 16th Century: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse vaka, vök hole cut in ice, Swedish vak, Danish vaage; perhaps related to Old Norse vökr, Middle Dutch wak wet

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Collocations: wake up [early, in the morning], in the wake of the [disaster, war, election, news], wake up at [dawn, 9:00 am], more...

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