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"wake" in British English

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wakeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /weɪk/ (past tense woke or waked, past participle woken or waked) (also wake up)
A1 to (​cause someone to) ​becomeawake and ​conscious after ​sleeping: Did you wake at all during the ​night? Please wake me early ​tomorrow. I woke up with a ​headache. Jane's ​hand on my ​shoulder woke me out of/from a ​baddream.

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wakenoun [C]

uk   us   /weɪk/
  • wake noun [C] (WATER)

the ​waves that a ​movingship or ​objectleaves behind: The wake ​spread out in a v-shape behind the ​ship.

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  • wake noun [C] (FUNERAL)

an ​occasion when the ​family and ​friends of a ​deadpersonmeet in ​order to ​look at the ​deadbody the ​night before it is ​buried, or when they ​meet after a ​deadperson has been ​buried to ​drink and ​talk about the person's ​life
(Definition of wake from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wakeverb [I/T]

 us   /weɪk/ (past tense woke  /woʊk/ or waked  /weɪkt/ , past participle woken  /ˈwoʊ·kən/ or waked)
  • wake verb [I/T] (STOP SLEEPING)

to ​becomeawake and ​conscious after ​sleeping, or to ​cause someone to ​stopsleeping: [I] Did you wake at all during the ​night? [T] The ​noise of the ​storm woke the ​kids.
waken
verb [I/T]  us   /ˈweɪ·kən/
[T] He ​tried to waken her, but she didn’t ​stir.

wakenoun [C]

 us   /weɪk/
  • wake noun [C] (WATER)

an ​area of ​water whose ​movement has been ​changed by a ​boat or ​shipmoving through it: fig. The ​stormleft a ​massiveamount of ​destruction in ​its wake.
  • wake noun [C] (GATHERING)

a ​gatheringheld before a ​deadperson is ​buried, at which ​family and ​friendstalk about the person’s ​life
(Definition of wake from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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