Definition of wake verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//weɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪk//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wake
    BrE BrE//weɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪk//
    he / she / it wakes
    BrE BrE//weɪks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪks//
    past simple woke
    BrE BrE//wəʊk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//woʊk//
    past participle woken
    BrE BrE//ˈwəʊkən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwoʊkən//
    -ing form waking
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪkɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to stop sleeping; to make somebody 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 somebody 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 only used 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. see also asleep, sleep
  2. 2[transitive] wake something (literary or formal) to make somebody remember something or feel something again The incident woke memories of his past sufferings.
  3. Word Originverb 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.Extra examples Any minute now she’d wake up to find herself at home safe in bed. Be careful not to wake the children! She had just woken up from a deep sleep. She had woken even earlier than usual.Idioms
    wake up and smell the coffee
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    (informal) (usually in orders) used to tell somebody to become aware of what is really happening in a situation, especially when this is something unpleasant
    Phrasal Verbswake upwake somebodyupwake up to something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wake