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Definitions of wake

  1. To be or continue awake; to cease to sleep; to awake; to be alive or active; to be excited from a torpid state; to be put in motion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To rouse from sleep; to arouse; to put in motion or action; to revive. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. To rouse from sleep; to awake. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To bring to life again, as if from the sleep of death; to reanimate; to revive. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To rouse from sleep; to make active; revive. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To rouse: to revive: to put in action:-pa.t. and pa.p. waked or woke. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To arouse from sleep; rouse to action. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To rouse from slumber; awake; arouse; resuscitate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To be or to continue awake; to watch; not to sleep. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To sit up late festive purposes; to hold a night revel. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To be exited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To be excited or roused from sleep; to awake; to be awakened; to cease to sleep; - often with up. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To be awake; be roused from sleep; cease to sleep; become alert and active. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. To cease from sleep: to watch (so in B.): to be roused up, active, or vigilant. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. To cease from sleep; be awake. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. stop sleeping; "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake old feelings of hatred" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. be awake, be alert, be there Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. make aware of; "His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. An annual parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the dedication of a church. Originally, prayers were said on the evening preceding, and hymns were sung during the night, in the church; subsequently, these vigils were discontinued, and the day itself, often with succeeding days, was occupied in rural pastimes and exercises, attended by eating and drinking, often to excess. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To be aroused from sleep, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. To be set in action. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. To keep watch at night. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. To rouse or be roused from sleep; to be alive or active; to put in motion or action. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. Waking. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event); "the aftermath of war"; "in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. The track left by a vessel in the water; by extension, any track; as, the wake of an army. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. The act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of being awake. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or festive purposes; a vigil. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. The sitting up of persons with a dead body, often attended with a degree of festivity, chiefly among the Irish. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. A vigil; the watching of a dead body prior to burial; a track or trail; as, the wake of a vessel. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  34. Act of waking: feast of the dedication of a church, formerly kept by watching all night: sitting up of persons with a corpse. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. The streak of smooth water left in the track of a ship: hence fig., "in the wake of," in the train of: immediately after. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  36. A watching vigil; track of a vessel through the water. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  37. A watching all night over the body of a dead person. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. The track left by a vessel in the water. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. The annual commemoration of the dedication of a church, formerly kept by watching all night; vigils; state of forbearing sleep; the sitting up of persons with a dead body prior to burial; a lichwake. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  40. The track which a ship leaves in the water, formed by the meeting of the water behind. In the wake of, following immediately after. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  41. The streak of smooth water left in the track of a ship. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  42. The sitting up all night with a deceased person, usually accompanied with drinking, &c.; an annual festival in commemoration of the dedication of a parish church formerly observed by watching all night and feasting. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  43. Waked or woke. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for wake

  1. Mama darling, wake up! – Gaslight Sonatas by Fannie Hurst
  2. And once she's asleep I shan't dare move, or she'll wake up. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
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