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Definition of wake verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wake
    he / she / it wakes
    past simple woke
    past participle woken
    -ing form waking
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to stop sleeping; to make someone stop sleeping wake (up) What time do you usually wake up in the morning? I always wake early in the summer. Wake up! It's eight o'clock. wake to something (formal) They woke to a clear blue sky. wake from something (formal) She had just woken from a deep sleep. wake to do something He woke up to find himself alone in the house. wake somebody (up) Try not to wake the baby up. I was woken by the sound of someone moving around. Which Word?awake / awaken / wake up / waken Wake (up) is the most common of these verbs. It can mean someone has finished sleeping:What time do you usually wake up?or that somebody or something has disturbed your sleep:The children woke me up. I was woken (up) by the telephone. The verb awake is usually used only in writing and in the past tense awoke:She awoke to a day of brilliant sunshine.Waken and awaken are much more formal. Awaken is used especially in literature:The Prince awakened Sleeping Beauty with a kiss. Awake is also an adjective:I was awake half the night worrying. Is the baby awake yet?Waking is not used in this way.Look also atasleepand the verbsleep.
  2. 2[transitive] wake something (literary or formal) to make someone remember something or feel something again The incident woke memories of his past sufferings.
  3. Idioms
    wake up and smell the coffee (informal)
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    (usually in orders) used to tell someone to become aware of what is really happening in a situation, especially when this is something unpleasant
    Phrasal Verbswake upwake somebodyupwake up to something
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