Definition of waken in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈweɪk(ə)n/


Another term for wake1 (sense 1 of the verb). [no object]: she knew he would waken in an hour or so [with object]: she wakened the child and dressed her figurative they combined to waken a forgotten and futile hope
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  • Acute myocardial infarctions have a peak incidence in the first few hours after wakening, suggesting that they may be triggered by abrupt changes in psychological and behavioural status.
  • At 3.25 am the male occupant of a house in Greenpark Villa, Rostrevor was wakened by a man demanding money.
  • Georgie quietly moans, stirs, then wakens with a gasp.


Old English wæcnan 'be aroused', of Germanic origin; related to wake1.

Words that rhyme with waken

awaken, bacon, betaken, forsaken, Jamaican, mistaken, partaken, shaken, taken
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