Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


Chinese (Simplified) translation of “wake-up call”

wake-up call

noun [C]     /ˈweɪk.ʌpˌkɔːl/
If something that happens is a wake-up call , it should make you realise that you need to take action to change a situation .
The poor turnout for the election will hopefully be a wake-up call to the government .
Threats and warnings
a telephone call that you arrange to be made, for example in a hotel , to wake you up at a certain time
Communicating by telephone
(Definition of wake-up call noun from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “wake-up call” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

prenuptial agreement

an official document signed by two people before they get married that says what will happen to their possessions and/or children if they divorce (= officially stop being married)

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More