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



    BrE BrE//weɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪk//
    Death, Travelling by boat or ship
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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 See related entries: Death
  2. 2the track that a boat or ship leaves behind on the surface of the water See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 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. noun sense 2 late 15th cent. (denoting a track made by a person or thing): probably via Middle Low German from Old Norse vǫk, vaka ‘hole or opening in ice’.Idioms
    in the wake of somebody/something
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    coming after or following somebody/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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