wake1/weɪk/USA pronunciationv.,waked or woke/woʊk/USA pronunciation waked or wok•en/ˈwoʊkən/USA pronunciation wak•ing,n. v.
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.
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.
wake1(wāk),USA pronunciationv.,waked or woke, waked or wok•en, wak•ing,n. v.i.
to become roused from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often fol. by up).
to become roused from a tranquil or inactive state; awaken; waken:to wake from one's daydreams.
to become cognizant or aware of something; awaken; waken:to wake to the true situation.
to be or continue to be awake:Whether I wake or sleep, I think of you.
to remain awake for some purpose, duty, etc.:I will wake until you return.
to hold a wake over a corpse.
to keep watch or vigil.
to rouse from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often fol. by up):Don't wake me for breakfast. Wake me up at six o'clock.
to rouse from lethargy, apathy, ignorance, etc. (often fol. by up):The tragedy woke us up to the need for safety precautions.
to hold a wake for or over (a dead person).
to keep watch or vigil over.
a watching, or a watch kept, esp. for some solemn or ceremonial purpose.
a watch or vigil by the body of a dead person before burial, sometimes accompanied by feasting or merrymaking.
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.
the state of being awake:between sleep and wake.
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.
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.
the path or course of anything that has passed or preceded:The tornado left ruin in its wake.
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
(often followed by up) to rouse or become roused from sleep
(often followed by up) to rouse or become roused from inactivity
(intr; often followed by to or up to) to become conscious or aware: at last he woke to the situation
(intransitive) to be or remain awake
(transitive) to arouse (feelings etc)
a watch or vigil held over the body of a dead person during the night before burial
(in Ireland) festivities held after a funeral
the patronal or dedication festival of English parish churches
a solemn or ceremonial vigil
(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
ˈwakernUSAGE 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
the waves or track left by a vessel or other object moving through water
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