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Definition of "wake" []

  • To cease to sleep; become awake: overslept and woke late. (verb-intransitive)
  • To stay awake: Bears wake for spring, summer, and fall and hibernate for the winter. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be brought into a state of awareness or alertness: suddenly woke to the danger we were in. (verb-intransitive)
  • To keep watch or guard, especially over a corpse. (verb-intransitive)
  • To rouse from sleep; awaken. (verb-transitive)
  • To rouse or become roused from sleep (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To rouse or become roused from inactivity (verb)
  • To become conscious or aware (verb)
  • To be or remain awake (verb)
  • To arouse (feelings etc) (verb)
  • To hold a wake over (a corpse) (verb)
  • To keep watch over (verb)
  • A watch or vigil held over the body of a dead person during the night before burial (noun)
  • (in Ireland) festivities held after a funeral (noun)
  • The patronal or dedication festival of English parish churches (noun)
  • A solemn or ceremonial vigil (noun)
  • An annual holiday in any of various towns in northern England, when the local factory or factories close, usually for a week or two weeks (noun)
  • The state of being awake (noun)

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Use "wake" in a sentence
  • "“The word wake implies a ship,” Halliday prompted."
  • "What Favre left in his wake is a Packers fan base that remains divided over Thompson's sound football decision to move on."
  • "Approach we along the moonglade! that is what we call the wake here."