Definition of Wake in English :

Define Wake in English

Wake meaning in English

Meaning of Wake in English

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Wake pronunciation in English

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1. aftermath, backwash, wake

the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)

Example Sentences:
'the aftermath of war'
'in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured'

2. wake, wake island

an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii

3. backwash, wake

the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward

Example Sentences:
'the motorboat's wake capsized the canoe'

4. viewing, wake

a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial

Example Sentences:
'there's no weeping at an Irish wake'


5. wake

be awake, be alert, be there

6. arouse, awake, awaken, come alive, wake, wake up, waken

stop sleeping

Example Sentences:
'She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock'

7. fire up, heat, ignite, inflame, stir up, wake

arouse or excite feelings and passions

Example Sentences:
'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'

8. wake

make aware of

Example Sentences:
'His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation'

9. arouse, awaken, rouse, wake, wake up, waken

cause to become awake or conscious

Example Sentences:
'He was roused by the drunken men in the street'
'Please wake me at 6 AM.'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of wake
verbWord forms: wakes, waking, woke or woken
1. (often foll by up)
to rouse or become roused from sleep
2. (often foll by up)
to rouse or become roused from inactivity
3. (intr; often foll by to or up to)
to become conscious or aware
at last he woke to the situation
4. (intransitive)
to be or remain awake
5. (transitive)
to arouse (feelings etc)
6. dialect
to hold a wake over (a corpse)
7. archaic or dialect
to keep watch over
8.  wake up and smell the coffee
a watch or vigil held over the body of a dead person during the night before burial
(in Ireland) festivities held after a funeral
the patronal or dedication festival of English parish churches
a solemn or ceremonial vigil
13. (usually plural)
an annual holiday in any of various towns in northern England, when the local factory or factories close, usually for a week or two weeks
14. rare
the state of being awake
the waves or track left by a vessel or other object moving through water
the track or path left by anything that has passed
wrecked houses in the wake of the hurricane

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see synonyms of wake
verb intransitiveWord forms: woke, waked, waked, ˈwoken, ˈwaking
to come out of sleep or a state like or suggestive of sleep, as a stupor or trance; awake
often with up
to be or stay awake
to become active or animated after inactivity or dormancy
often with up
to become alert (to a realization, possibility, etc.)
5. Word forms: waked Chiefly Dialectal
to keep watch or vigil; esp., to hold a wake over a corpse
verb transitive
to cause to wake from or as from sleep
often with up
to arouse, excite, or stir up (passions, etc.) or evoke (a sound, echo, etc.)
8. Word forms: waked Chiefly Dialectal
to keep watch or vigil over; esp., to hold a wake over (a corpse)
9.  Rare
the state of being awake
a watch over or viewing of a corpse before burial, formerly often with festivities
11.  Anglican Church
an annual parish festival, originally held in honor of a patron saint
the track or trail left in the water by a moving ship or boat
the track or course of anything that has gone before or passed by

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of wake
v. woke (wōk) or waked (wākt), waked or wok·en (wōkən), wak·ing, wakes
a. To cease to sleep; become awake: overslept and woke late.
b. To stay awake: Bears wake for spring, summer, and fall and hibernate for the winter.
c. To be brought into a state of awareness or alertness: suddenly woke to the danger we were in.
2. To hold or attend the wake of someone who has died.
1. To cause to come out of sleep; awaken.
2. To stir, as from a dormant or inactive condition; rouse: wake old animosities.
3. To make aware; alert or enlighten: The report woke me to the facts of the matter.
1. A gathering of people in the presence of the body of a deceased person in order to honor the person and console one another.
2. wakes (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Chiefly British
a. A parish festival held annually, often in honor of a patron saint.
b. An annual vacation.
1. The visible track of turbulence left by something moving through water: the wake of a ship.
2. A track, course, or condition left behind something that has passed: The war left destruction and famine in its wake.

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