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English definition of “wake up to sth”

wake up to sth

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 understand that a situation or problem exists: Governments are finally waking up to the fact that the environment should be cleaned up.Understanding and comprehending
(Definition of wake up to sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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