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wake (sb) up

phrasal verb with wake uk   /weɪk/  us   /weɪk/ verb [I or T] (past tense woke or waked, past participle woken or waked) (also wake up)
  • (STOP SLEEPING)

A1 to (​cause to) ​becomeconscious after ​sleeping: Come on, ​wake up - ​breakfast is ​ready. He ​woke himself up with his own ​snoring!

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  • (REACT)

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 ​payattention to the public's ​increasingconcern about the ​environment.
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