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Meaning & Definition of Wake in English

English

Wake

/wek/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • aftermath
  • ,
  • wake
  • ,
  • backwash

2. An island in the western pacific between guam and hawaii

    synonym:
  • Wake Island
  • ,
  • Wake

3. The wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward

  • "The motorboat's wake capsized the canoe"
    synonym:
  • wake
  • ,
  • backwash

4. A vigil held over a corpse the night before burial

  • "There's no weeping at an irish wake"
    synonym:
  • wake
  • ,
  • viewing

verb

1. Be awake, be alert, be there

    synonym:
  • wake

2. Stop sleeping

  • "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"
    synonym:
  • wake up
  • ,
  • awake
  • ,
  • arouse
  • ,
  • awaken
  • ,
  • wake
  • ,
  • come alive
  • ,
  • waken

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • inflame
  • ,
  • stir up
  • ,
  • wake
  • ,
  • ignite
  • ,
  • heat
  • ,
  • fire up

4. Make aware of

  • "His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation"
    synonym:
  • wake

5. Cause to become awake or conscious

  • "He was roused by the drunken men in the street"
  • "Please wake me at 6 am."
    synonym:
  • awaken
  • ,
  • wake
  • ,
  • waken
  • ,
  • rouse
  • ,
  • wake up
  • ,
  • arouse

Examples of using

Don't wake him up.
I didn't wake you, did I?
Please wake up at 7.