Meaning of “wake” in the English Dictionary

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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

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.

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wake noun [ C ] (FUNERAL)

an occasion when the family and friends of a dead person meet in order to look at the dead body the night before it is buried, or when they meet after a dead person 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/ 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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