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

     

    waken

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪkən//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪkən//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they waken
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪkən//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪkən//
     
    he / she / it wakens
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪkənz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪkənz//
     
    past simple wakened
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪkənd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪkənd//
     
    past participle wakened
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪkənd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪkənd//
     
    -ing form wakening
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪkənɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪkənɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to wake, or make somebody wake, from sleep waken (up) The child had just wakened. waken somebody (up) I was wakened by a knock at the door. 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] waken something to make somebody remember something or feel something again The dream wakened a forgotten memory.
  3. Word Origin Old English wæcnan ‘be aroused’, of Germanic origin; related to the verb wake.
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