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wake-up  (wākup′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an act or instance of waking up.
  2. an act or instance of being awakened:I asked the hotel desk for a wake-up at 6.
  3. a time of awaking or being awakened:I'll need a 5 o'clock wake-up to make the early plane.
  4. flicker2.

adj. 
  1. serving to wake one from sleep:Leave a wake-up call at the front desk.
  2. serving to arouse or excite:a wake-up call on the problems of pollution.
  • noun, nominal, adjective, adjectival use of verb, verbal phrase wake up 1835–45

wake-up, +adj. 
  • serving to arouse or excite:a wake-up call on the problems of pollution.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    wake-up n
    1. Austral informal an alert or intelligent person
    2. be a wake-up toAustral informal to be fully alert to (a person, thing, action, etc)



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