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English definition of “waken”


verb [I or T] uk   /ˈweɪ.kən/ formal us  
to (cause to) wake from sleep: I shook him but he didn't waken. Waken me at 7.00, would you?Not sleeping and not unconscious
(Definition of waken from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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