wake

wake
wake1 W3S2 [weık] v also wake up past tense woke [wəuk US wouk] past participle woken [ˈwəukən US ˈwou-]
[I and T]
[: Old English; Origin: wacan 'to wake up' and wacian 'to be awake']
to stop sleeping, or to make someone stop sleeping
When she woke, the sun was streaming through the windows.
Try not to wake the baby.
wake to
Nancy woke to the sound of birds outside her window (=she heard birds singing when she woke) .
wake up phr v
1.) to stop sleeping, or to make someone stop sleeping
James usually wakes up early.
wake sb<=>up
I'll wake you up when it's time to leave.
2.) to start to listen or pay attention to something
Wake up (=give me your attention) at the back there!
3.) wake up and smell the coffee
AmE spoken used to tell someone to recognize the truth or reality of a situation
wake up to [wake up to sth] phr v
to start to realize and understand a danger, an idea etc
It's time you woke up to the fact that it's a tough world.
wake 2
wake2 n
[Sense: 1-2,4; Date: 1400-1500; Origin: Perhaps from Dutch wak or Middle Low German wake, from Old Norse vok 'hole in the ice, especially as made by a boat']
[Sense: 3; Date: 1400-1500; Origin: WAKE1]
1.) in the wake of sth
if something, especially something bad, happens in the wake of an event, it happens afterwards and usually as a result of it
Famine followed in the wake of the drought.
2.) in sb's/sth's wake
behind or after someone or something
The car left clouds of dust in its wake.
3.) the time before or after a funeral when friends and relatives meet to remember the dead person
4.) [usually singular]
the track made behind a boat as it moves through the water

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