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English definition of “wake”

wake

verb [I/T] (STOP SLEEPING)   /weɪk/ (past tense woke  /woʊk/ or waked  /weɪkt/, past participle woken  /ˈwoʊ·kən/ or waked)
to become awake and conscious after sleeping, or to cause someone to stop sleeping: [I] Did you wake at all during the night? [T] The noise of the storm woke the kids. waken    /ˈweɪ·kən/ verb [I/T] [T] He tried to waken her, but she didn’t stir.
(Definition of wake verb (STOP SLEEPING) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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