Definition of wake verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    wake

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//weɪk//
     
    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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