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waken

[wey-kuh n] /ˈweɪ kən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to rouse from sleep; wake; awake; awaken.
2.
to rouse from inactivity; stir up or excite; arouse; awaken:
to waken the reader's interest.
verb (used without object)
3.
to wake, or become awake; awaken.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English waknen, Old English wæcnan; cognate with Old Norse vakna; akin to wake1; see -en1
Related forms
wakener, noun
rewaken, verb
unwakened, adjective
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waken

/ˈweɪkən/
verb
1.
to rouse or be roused from sleep or some other inactive state
Derived Forms
wakener, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwakened

waken

v.

"to become awake," Old English wæcnan, wæcnian "to rise, spring," from the same source as wake (v.). Figurative sense was in Old English. Transitive sense of "to arouse (someone or something) from sleep" is recorded from c.1200. Related: Wakened; wakening.

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