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English definition of “wake (sb) up”

wake (sb) up

(STOP SLEEPING) phrasal verb with wake     /weɪk/ verb [I or T] (past tense woke or waked, past participle woken or waked) (also wake up)
A1 to ( cause to) become conscious after sleeping : Come on, wake up - breakfast is ready . He woke himself up with his own snoring !Not sleeping and not unconscious
(Definition of wake (sb) up (STOP SLEEPING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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