There are 2 definitions of wake in English:


Syllabification: wake
Pronunciation: /wāk

verb (past woke /wōk/ or waked; past participle woken /ˈwōkən/ or waked)

1Emerge or cause to emerge from a state of sleep; stop sleeping: [no object]: she woke up feeling better [with object]: I wake him gently
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  • I woke up on Tuesday morning after a few hours fitful sleep and went back to the hospital.
  • Debbie was still asleep so I decided to try and go back to sleep until she woke up.
  • A little voice in her head woke her up this is not how you're going to start the New Year is it?
awake, waken, awaken, rouse oneself, stir, come to, come round, bestir oneself; get up, get out of bed
formal arise
rouse, arouse, waken
1.1 [no object] (wake up to) Become alert to or aware of: he needs to wake up to reality
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  • I also hope now more than I ever did during my life that people wake up to what a barbaric punishment this is.
  • And the thing is, just occasionally, you wake up to how bizarre your own life is.
  • South Africans are waking up to the reality of child rape and sexual abuse.
realize, become aware of, become conscious of, become mindful of, clue in to
1.2 [with object] Cause (something) to stir or come to life: it wakes desire in others
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  • Honestly, these things are probably loud enough to wake the dead.
  • One by one as we scurried them towards the tow-line and began to lever them into harness, they raised their muzzles and let out a yowl to wake the dead.
  • My snores were, by all accounts, loud enough to wake the dead.
evoke, conjure up, rouse, stir, revive, awaken, rekindle, rejuvenate, stimulate
2 [with object] Irish or North American dialect Hold a vigil beside (someone who has died): we waked Jim last night


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1A watch or vigil held beside the body of someone who has died, sometimes accompanied by ritual observances including eating and drinking.
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  • Bodies in the United States are usually kept in the funeral homes till the wake is done.
  • Any breach of the rule was to result in a withdrawal by the clergy of their services at the wake and funeral.
  • A death in the Creole community is observed with an evening wake in the family's home.
vigil, watch; funeral
2 (wakes) [treated as singular] chiefly historical (In some parts of the UK) a festival and holiday held annually in a rural parish, originally on the feast day of the patron saint of the church.
[probably from Old Norse vaka]
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  • Statutory Bank Holidays belong to the same tradition as the old northern wakes weeks.
  • For that to work in Lancashire, all schools would need to take the same holidays - meaning an end to the wakes weeks holidays in Burnley and Pendle.
  • Many parents said they would still have to take their children on holiday in wakes weeks.


Old English (recorded only in the past tense wōc), also partly from the weak verb wacian 'remain awake, hold a vigil', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch waken and German wachen; compare with watch.


wake up and smell the coffee

[usually in imperative] informal , chiefly North American Become aware of the realities of a situation, however unpleasant.
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  • Some people may say 140 cases is 140 too many… well wake up and smell the coffee buddy boy… we do live in a real world after all!
  • When are the Republicans going to wake up and smell the coffee?
  • I tell these young motorcyclists that if they don't think what they're doing is inherently dangerous then they need to wake up and smell the coffee.



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  • But soon the silent bliss was ended, as the sun slowly began its morning ascent, and the early wakers came to life.
  • Tashakawa suggested that David should be appointed as official lullaby maker at bedtime, and morning melody waker upper, flutewise.

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There are 2 definitions of wake in English:


Syllabification: wake
Pronunciation: /


1A trail of disturbed water or air left by the passage of a ship or aircraft.
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  • The reason given for this crash was that the aircraft flew into the wake of another aircraft, and the pilot lost control of it.
  • Whether it's cruising through a wake or throwing an anchor, according to him I do it all wrong.
  • The speedboat kicked up a huge wave of water in its wake.
1.1Used to refer to the aftermath or consequences of something: the committee was set up in the wake of the inquiry
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  • The film could also lift a tourist industry struggling in the wake of recent international events.
  • Media hysteria has followed in the wake of all new developments in youth culture.
  • Scottish education always trailed in the wake of conservative Westminster measures.


late 15th century (denoting a track made by a person or thing): probably via Middle Low German from Old Norse vǫk, vaka 'hole or opening in ice'.

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