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English definition of “wake (sb) up”

wake (sb) up

(REACT) phrasal verb with wake     /weɪk/ verb [I or T] (past tense woke or waked, past participle woken or waked) (also wake up)
to start to react to a situation after a period in which you have done very little, or to make someone start to react to a situation: Companies need to wake up and take notice of the public's increasing concern with the environment.Causing things to happenReacting and responding
(Definition of wake (sb) up (REACT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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