verb (used with object)
to rouse from sleep; wake; awake; awaken.
to rouse from inactivity; stir up or excite; arouse; awaken: to waken the reader's interest.
verb (used without object)
to wake, or become awake; awaken.

before 900; Middle English waknen, Old English wæcnan; cognate with Old Norse vakna; akin to wake1; see -en1

wakener, noun
rewaken, verb
unwakened, adjective
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waken (ˈweɪkən)
to rouse or be roused from sleep or some other inactive state

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Word Origin & History

"to become awake," O.E. wæcnan, wæcnian "to rise, spring," from the same source as wake (v.). Fig. sense was in O.E. Trans. sense of "to arouse (someone or something) from sleep" is recorded from c.1200.
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Example sentences
If you waken a sleeper and he tells you his dream, he s reporting from memory.
The cubs nuzzle her, trying to waken her, then settle down beside her.
She wants to find the wild chimpanzees before they waken and climb down from
  their nests.
She trod softly, so as not to waken him, and went through into the room beyond.
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