Meaning of “wake” in the English Dictionary

"wake" in British English

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wakeverb [ I or T ]

uk /weɪk/ us /weɪk/ past tense woke or waked, past participle woken or waked also wake up

A1 to (cause someone to) become awake 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 bad dream.

More examples

  • You won't wake him - he's such a heavy sleeper.
  • We woke at dawn.
  • We were woken in the night by the wail of ambulance sirens.
  • Try not to wake the whole house when you come in!
  • She eased the key into the lock, anxious not to wake anyone.

wakenoun [ C ]

uk /weɪk/ us /weɪk/

wake noun [ C ] (WATER)

the waves that a moving ship or object leaves behind:

The wake spread out in a v-shape behind the ship.

More examples

  • Several governments have adopted tough new anti-terrorist legislation in the wake of the attacks.
  • Eastern traders found their way across Europe in the wake of the Roman army.
  • Safety procedures are being reviewed in the wake of the accident.
  • A lot of new investment has been attracted to the region in the wake of the government's announcement.
  • The road remains closed in the wake of Monday's landslide.

(Definition of “wake” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wake" in American English

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wakeverb [ I/T ]

us /weɪk/ past tense woke /woʊk/ waked /weɪkt/ , past participle woken /ˈwoʊ·kən/ waked

wake verb [ I/T ] (STOP SLEEPING)

to become awake and conscious after sleeping, or to cause someone to stop sleeping:

[ I ] Did you wake at all during the night?
[ T ] The noise of the storm woke the kids.
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 ship moving through it:

fig. The storm left a massive amount of destruction in its wake.

wake noun [ C ] (GATHERING)

a gathering held before a dead person is buried, at which family and friends talk about the person’s life

(Definition of “wake” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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