• WordNet 3.6
    • v wake stop sleeping "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"
    • v wake cause to become awake or conscious "He was roused by the drunken men in the street","Please wake me at 6 AM."
    • v wake be awake, be alert, be there
    • v wake make aware of "His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation"
    • v wake arouse or excite feelings and passions "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor","The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world","Wake old feelings of hatred"
    • n wake a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial "there's no weeping at an Irish wake"
    • n wake the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward "the motorboat's wake capsized the canoe"
    • n Wake an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
    • n wake the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event) "the aftermath of war","in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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The old woman wakes up to find the bears looking at her The old woman wakes up to find the bears looking at her
Christopher Sly wakes up surrounded by courtiers Christopher Sly wakes up surrounded by courtiers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning
    • Wake An annual parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the dedication of a church. Originally, prayers were said on the evening preceding, and hymns were sung during the night, in the church; subsequently, these vigils were discontinued, and the day itself, often with succeeding days, was occupied in rural pastimes and exercises, attended by eating and drinking, often to excess.
    • Wake The act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of being awake. "Making such difference 'twixt wake and sleep.""Singing her flatteries to my morning wake ."
    • Wake The sitting up of persons with a dead body, often attended with a degree of festivity, chiefly among the Irish.
    • Wake The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or festive purposes; a vigil. "The warlike wakes continued all the night,
      And funeral games played at new returning light."
      "The wood nymphs, decked with daises trim,
      Their merry wakes and pastimes keep."
    • n Wake The track left by a vessel in the water; by extension, any track; as, the wake of an army. "This effect followed immediately in the wake of his earliest exertions.""Several humbler persons . . . formed quite a procession in the dusty wake of his chariot wheels."
    • Wake To be excited or roused from sleep; to awake; to be awakened; to cease to sleep; -- often with up. "He infallibly woke up at the sound of the concluding doxology."
    • Wake To be exited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active. "Gentle airs due at their hour
      To fan the earth now waked ."
      "Then wake , my soul, to high desires."
    • Wake To be or to continue awake; to watch; not to sleep. "The father waketh for the daughter.""Though wisdom wake , suspicion sleeps.""I can not think any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it."
    • Wake To bring to life again, as if from the sleep of death; to reanimate; to revive. "To second life Waked in the renovation of the just."
    • Wake To put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite. "I shall waken all this company.""Lest fierce remembrance wake my sudden rage.""Even Richard's crusade woke little interest in his island realm."
    • Wake To rouse from sleep; to awake. "The angel . . . came again and waked me."
    • Wake To sit up late festive purposes; to hold a night revel. "The king doth wake to-night, and takes his rouse,
      Keeps wassail, and the swaggering upspring reels."
    • Wake To watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Apples are more effecient than caffeine for waking you up in the morning.
    • wake To be awake; continue awake; refrain from sleeping.
    • wake To be excited or roused from sleep; cease to sleep; awake; be awakened: often followed by a redundant or intensive up.
    • wake To keep watch; watch while others sleep; keep vigil; especially, to watch a night with a corpse.
    • wake To be active; not to be quiescent.
    • wake To be excited from a torpid or inactive state, either physical or mental; be put in motion or action.
    • wake To hold a late revel; carouse late at night.
    • wake To return to life; be aroused from the sleep of death; live.
    • wake To rouse from sleep; awake; awaken: often followed by a redundant or intensive up.
    • wake To watch by night; keep vigil with or over; especially, to hold a wake over, as a corpse. See wake, n., 3.
    • wake To arouse; excite; put in motion or action: often with up.
    • wake To bring to life again, as if from the sleep of death; revive; reanimate.
    • wake To disturb; break.
    • n wake The act of waking, or the state of being awake; the state of not sleeping.
    • n wake The act of watching or keeping vigil, especially for a solemn or festive purpose; a vigil; specifically, an annual festival kept in commemoration of the completion and dedication of a parish church; hence, a merrymaking; a festive gathering. The wake was kept by an all-night watch in the church. Tents were erected in the churchyard to supply refreshments to the crowd on the following day, which was kept as a holiday. Through the large attendance from neighboring parishes at wakes, devotion and reverence gradually diminished, until they ultimately became mere fairs or markets, characterized by merrymaking and often disgraced by indulgence and riot. In popular usage this word has tho same meaning as vigil. The wake or revel of country parishes was, originally, the day of the week on which the church had been dedicated; afterward, the day of the year. In 1536 an act of convocation appointed that the wake should be held in every parish on the same day, namely, the first Sunday in October; but it was disregarded. Wakes are expressly mentioned in the “Book of Sports” of Charles I. among the feasts which should be observed. The wake appears to have been also held on the Sunday after the day of dedication; or, more usually, on the day of the saint to whom the church was dedicated. In Ireland it is called the patron day. Brand, Popular Antiquities.
    • n wake An all-night watch by the body of the dead, before burial. This custom seems to be of Celtic origin, and is now characteristic of Ireland, or of the Irish in other countries; but it was formerly observed in Scotland and Wales. It probably originated from a superstition that the body might be carried off by invisible spirits, or from a more rational fear of injury to it from wild beasts. In early literature it has the name of likewake, lichwake. The wake was originally a combination of mourning for the dead and rejoicing in his memory and for his deliverance, but in later times has often degenerated into a scene of wild grief and gross orgies. See likewake.
    • n wake The track left by a ship or other moving object in the water. A ship is said to follow in the wake of another when she follows in the same track, and to cross the wake of another when she crosses the course in which the other has passed.
    • n wake Hence, a track of any kind; a course of any nature that has already been followed by another thing or person.
    • n wake A row of damp green grass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 90% of us depend on alarm clocks to wake us.
    • v.i Wake wāk to cease from sleep: to lie awake: :
    • v.t Wake to rouse from sleep: to keep vigil over: to excite, disturb: to reanimate:—pa.t. and pa.p. waked or woke
    • n Wake act of waking: feast of the dedication of a church, formerly kept by watching all night: sitting up of persons with a corpse
    • adj Wake being awake: rousing from sleep: passed in the waking state
    • n Wake wāk the streak of smooth water left in the track of a ship: hence (fig.) 'in the wake of,' in the train of, immediately after.
    • v.i Wake wāk (B.) to watch: to be roused up, active, or vigilant: to return to life
    • v.i Wake wāk (Shak.) to hold a late revel: to keep vigil
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  • Cindy Crawford
    Cindy Crawford
    “Even I don't wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?”
  • Doug Horton
    “Death is the final wake-up call.”
  • Novalis
    “We are near waking when we dream we are dreaming.”
  • Aristotle
    “Hope is a waking dream.”
  • Aristotle
    “Hope is the dream of a waking man.”


If you lie down with the Devil, you will wake up in hell - This means that if you become involved with bad company, there will be negative consequences.
Wake up and smell the coffee - When someone doesn't realise what is really happening or is not paying enough attention to events around them, you can tell them to wake up and smell the coffee.
Wake-up call - A wake-up call is a warning of a threat or a challenge, especially when it means that people will have to change their behaviour to meet it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wacan, wacian,; akin to OFries. waka, OS. wakn, D. waken, G. wachen, OHG. wahhn, Icel. vaka, Sw. vaken, Dan. vaage, Goth. wakan, v. i., uswakjan, v. t., Skr. vājay, to rouse, to impel. . Cf. Vigil Wait (v. i.) Watch (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wacan, to be born, also wacian, to waken (cf. weccan, Ger. wecken). Cf. Wait, Watch.


In literature:

Let us observe more closely how Browning wakes Pippa up.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
The blue army slept and waked, the grey army slept and waked.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Manners did not wake, they must go back without speaking to her.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
The camp began to wake up.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The running stream was singing its own gay song, and for once it waked no longing in her breast.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
I wake to endless woes, And tears the fading visions close!
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
You'll be able to open your eyes and wake up.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
I was born on a plantation near Franklinton, Wake County, N. C. May 10, 1851.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
She was waked in the morning by the bustle of departure.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
There is a trance-sleep and a trance-waking to correspond with ordinary sleep and ordinary waking.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various

In poetry:

Oh how oft I wake and find
I have been forgetting thee!
I am never from thy mind:
Thou it is that wakest me.
"To My God" by George MacDonald
Lullaby, O my love!
Close your eyes, lake-like clear;
Lullaby, while above
Wake the stars, with heaven near.
"Pride: Fate" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
For those minutes, let it wake
All the empty-heart and ache
That is not cured by grieving.
"London Stone" by Rudyard Kipling
I wake! Away that dream,--away!
Too long did it remain!
So long, that both by night and day
It ever comes again.
"The Two Locks Of Hair. From The German Of Pfeizer" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I WAKED; the sun was in the sky,
The face of heaven was fair;
The silence all about me lay,
Of morning in the air.
"On Waking From A Dreamless Sleep" by Annie Adams Fields
Wake not, Lady, wake not soon:
Through the frosty windows fall
Broken glimmers of the moon
Dimly on the floor and wall;
Wake not, Lady, never care,
'Tis my spirit kneeling there.
"Before Sleep" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

More banks waiving fees in wake of Sandy.
Wake up, it's happy hour.
Jackson's new political ad: 'Wake the bleep up, vote for Obama'.
Comes off the wake well.
Legendary bluegrass performer Doc Watson died Tuesday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna Have Reached US Waters in Wake of Fukushima Disaster.
Wake Forest's Lowe, Bolling suspended indefinitely.
Christie Postpones Halloween in Wake of Hurricane Sandy.
CTS sales have nosedived in the wake of the September launch of the new ATS, sinking 40 percent in October from a year earlier.
Mangum Estates in Wake Forest.
In the wake of the Aurora shootings, there are two things we know for sure.
The tracking of Kitty Bernard begins shortly after she wakes up.
Coolidge Park won't close earlier in wake of shooting.
Macy's parade aims to lift spirits in Sandy's wake.
Despite rampant, longstanding rumors that Jay-Z has a beef with Chris Brown following Breezy's 2009 assault on Rihanna, the 'Don't Wake Me Up' singer adamantly denies it.

In science:

It can be interpreted as due to a spherical halo (which can not drive a wake in the H I disk).
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
The first stage in building VERITAS was to construct a single prototype telescope (Wakely et al., 2003).
An Overview of The VERITAS Prototype Telescope And Camera
We call the set of all these tiles the wake of ♦.
Puzzles, Tableaux and Mosaics
We call these the upper wake and lower wake of ♦.
Puzzles, Tableaux and Mosaics
Later in the process, when another rhombus (cid:7)♦ takes its journey it may or may not displace some of the tiles in the wake of ♦.
Puzzles, Tableaux and Mosaics