- 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[transitive] waken something to make somebody remember something or feel something again The dream wakened a forgotten memory. Word Origin Old English wæcnan ‘be aroused’, of Germanic origin; related to the verb wake.
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//