Pronunciation: (wāk), [key]
v., waked or woke, waked or wok•en, wak•ing,

1. to become roused from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often fol. by up).
2. to become roused from a tranquil or inactive state; awaken; waken: to wake from one's daydreams.
3. to become cognizant or aware of something; awaken; waken: to wake to the true situation.
4. to be or continue to be awake: Whether I wake or sleep, I think of you.
5. to remain awake for some purpose, duty, etc.: I will wake until you return.
6. to hold a wake over a corpse.
7. to keep watch or vigil.

1. to rouse from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often fol. by up): Don't wake me for breakfast. Wake me up at six o'clock.
2. to rouse from lethargy, apathy, ignorance, etc. (often fol. by up): The tragedy woke us up to the need for safety precautions.
3. to hold a wake for or over (a dead person).
4. to keep watch or vigil over.

1. a watching, or a watch kept, esp. for some solemn or ceremonial purpose.
2. a watch or vigil by the body of a dead person before burial, sometimes accompanied by feasting or merrymaking.
3. a local annual festival in England, formerly held in honor of the patron saint or on the anniversary of the dedication of a church but now usually having little or no religious significance.
4. the state of being awake: between sleep and wake.


Pronunciation: (wāk), [key]
1. the track of waves left by a ship or other object moving through the water: The wake of the boat glowed in the darkness.
2. the path or course of anything that has passed or preceded: The tornado left ruin in its wake.
3. in the wake of,
a. as a result of: An investigation followed in the wake of the scandal.
b. succeeding; following: in the wake of the pioneers.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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