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1 [weyk]
verb (used without object), waked or woke, waked or woken, waking.
to become roused from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often followed by up ).
to become roused from a tranquil or inactive state; awaken; waken: to wake from one's daydreams.
to become cognizant or aware of something; awaken; waken: to wake to the true situation.
to be or continue to be awake: Whether I wake or sleep, I think of you.
to remain awake for some purpose, duty, etc.: I will wake until you return.
to hold a wake over a corpse.
to keep watch or vigil.
verb (used with object), waked or woke, waked or woken, waking.
to rouse from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often followed by up ): Don't wake me for breakfast. Wake me up at six o'clock.
to rouse from lethargy, apathy, ignorance, etc. (often followed by up ): The tragedy woke us up to the need for safety precautions.
to hold a wake for or over (a dead person).
to keep watch or vigil over.
a watching, or a watch kept, especially for some solemn or ceremonial purpose.
a watch or vigil by the body of a dead person before burial, sometimes accompanied by feasting or merrymaking.
a local annual festival in England, formerly held in honor of the patron saint or on the anniversary of the dedication of a church but now usually having little or no religious significance.
the state of being awake: between sleep and wake.

before 900; (v.) in sense “to become awake” continuing Middle English waken, Old English *wacan (found only in past tense wōc and the compounds onwacan, āwacan to become awake; see awake (v.)); in sense “to be awake” continuing Middle English waken, Old English wacian (cognate with Old Frisian wakia, Old Saxon wakōn, Old Norse vaka, Gothic wakan); in sense “to rouse from sleep” continuing Middle English waken, replacing Middle English wecchen, Old English weccan, probably altered by association with the other senses and with the k of Old Norse vaka; (noun) Middle English: state of wakefulness, vigil (late Middle English: vigil over a dead body), probably continuing Old English *wacu (found only in nihtwacu night-watch); all ultimately < Germanic *wak- be lively; akin to watch, vegetable, vigil

waker, noun
half-waking, adjective
unwaked, adjective
unwaking, adjective

8. arouse. 9. stimulate, activate, animate, kindle, provoke.

1. sleep.
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wake1 (weɪk)
vb , wakes, waking, woke, woken
1.  (often foll by up) to rouse or become roused from sleep
2.  (often foll by up) to rouse or become roused from inactivity
3.  (intr; often foll by to or up to) to become conscious or aware: at last he woke to the situation
4.  (intr) to be or remain awake
5.  (tr) to arouse (feelings etc)
6.  dialect to hold a wake over (a corpse)
7.  archaic, dialect or to keep watch over
8.  informal wake up and smell the coffee to face up to reality, especially in an unpleasant situation
9.  a watch or vigil held over the body of a dead person during the night before burial
10.  (in Ireland) festivities held after a funeral
11.  the patronal or dedication festival of English parish churches
12.  a solemn or ceremonial vigil
13.  (usually plural) 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
14.  rare the state of being awake
[Old English wacian; related to Old Frisian wakia, Old High German wahtēn]
usage  Where there is an object and the sense is the literal one wake (up) and waken are the commonest forms: I wakened him; I woke him (up). Both verbs are also commonly used without an object: I woke up. Awake and awaken are preferred to other forms of wake where the sense is a figurative one: he awoke to the danger

wake2 (weɪk)
1.  the waves or track left by a vessel or other object moving through water
2.  the track or path left by anything that has passed: wrecked houses in the wake of the hurricane
[C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse vaka, vök hole cut in ice, Swedish vak, Danish vaage; perhaps related to Old Norse vökr, Middle Dutch wak wet]

woken (ˈwəʊkən)
a past participle of wake

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Word Origin & History

"to become awake," O.E. wacan "to become awake," also from wacian "to be or remain awake," both from P.Gmc. *waken (cf. O.S. wakon, O.N. vaka, Dan. vaage, O.Fris. waka, Du. waken, O.H.G. wahhen, Ger. wachen "to be awake," Goth. wakan "to watch"), from PIE base *weg- "to be strong, be lively" (cf. Skt.
vajah "force, swiftness, race, prize," vajayati "drives on;" L. vegere, vigere "to be live, be active, quicken," vigil "awake, wakeful," vigor "liveliness, activity"). Causative sense "to rouse from sleep" is attested from c.1300. Phrase wake-up call is attested from 1976, originally a call one received from the hotel desk in the morning.

"track left by a moving ship," 1547, perhaps from M.L.G. or M.Du. wake "hole in the ice," from O.N. vok, vaka "hole in the ice," from P.Gmc. *wakwo. The sense perhaps evolved via "track made by a vessel through ice." Perhaps the Eng. word is directly from Scand. Fig. phrase in the wake of "following
close behind" is recorded from 1806.

"state of wakefulness," O.E. -wacu (as in nihtwacu "night watch"), related to watch; and partly from O.N. vaka "vigil, eve before a feast," related to vaka "be awake" (cf. O.H.G. wahta "watch, vigil," M.Du. wachten "to watch, guard;" see wake (v.)).
Meaning "a sitting up at night with a corpse" is attested from early 15c. (the verb in this sense is recorded from mid-13c.). The custom largely survived as an Irish activity. Wakeman (c.1200), which survives as a surname, was M.E. for "watchman."
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wake definition

A funeral celebration, common in Ireland, at which the participants stay awake all night keeping watch over the body of the dead person before burial. A wake traditionally involves a good deal of feasting and drinking.

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Example sentences
Besides that, it's as if you've suddenly woken up to all those things you
  usually let slide.
The rest of the world has woken up to the newcomers in the past couple of years
  thanks to some huge cross-border deals.
Yet countries have only gradually woken up to the importance of learning the
  local language for economic and social integration.
The government seems to have woken up to the danger and has increased spending.
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