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.
to rouse or be roused from sleep or some other inactive state
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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.
Tho rocking of houses was distinctly felt, in some cases being so noticeable as to waken households out of sound slumber.
The animals take many minutes to rouse but waken periodically to feed and excrete.