American English

Definition of wake noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an occasion before or after a funeral when people gather to remember the dead person, traditionally held the night before the funeral to watch over the body before it is buried
  2. 2the track that a boat or ship leaves behind on the surface of the water
  3. Idioms
    in the wake of somebody/something
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    coming after or following someone or something There have been demonstrations on the streets in the wake of the recent bomb attack. A group of reporters followed in her wake. The storm left a trail of destruction in its wake.
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