Definitions of wake

  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"
  2. stop sleeping; " She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"
  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"
  4. a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial; " there's no weeping at an Irish wake"
  5. an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
  6. be awake, be alert, be there
  7. make aware of; " His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation"
  8. The track left by a vessel in the water; by extension, any track; as, the wake of an army.
  9. To be or to continue awake; to watch; not to sleep.
  10. To sit up late festive purposes; to hold a night revel.
  11. To be exited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active.
  12. To rouse from sleep; to awake.
  13. To put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite.
  14. To bring to life again, as if from the sleep of death; to reanimate; to revive.
  15. To watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body.
  16. The act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of being awake.
  17. The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or festive purposes; a vigil.
  18. 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.
  19. The sitting up of persons with a dead body, often attended with a degree of festivity, chiefly among the Irish.
  20. To be excited or roused from sleep; to awake; to be awakened; to cease to sleep; - often with up.
  21. To be awake; be roused from sleep; cease to sleep; become alert and active.
  22. To rouse from sleep; to make active; revive.
  23. A vigil; the watching of a dead body prior to burial; a track or trail; as, the wake of a vessel.
  24. Waked or woke.
  25. Waking.
  26. To cease from sleep: to watch ( so in B.): to be roused up, active, or vigilant.
  27. To rouse: to revive: to put in action:- pa. t. and pa. p. waked or woke.
  28. Act of waking: feast of the dedication of a church, formerly kept by watching all night: sitting up of persons with a corpse.
  29. The streak of smooth water left in the track of a ship: hence fig., " in the wake of," in the train of: immediately after.
  30. A watching vigil; track of a vessel through the water.
  31. To arouse from sleep; rouse to action.
  32. To cease from sleep; be awake.
  33. To rouse from slumber; awake; arouse; resuscitate.
  34. To be aroused from sleep, etc.
  35. To be set in action.
  36. To keep watch at night.
  37. A watching all night over the body of a dead person.
  38. The track left by a vessel in the water.
  39. The annual commemoration of the dedication of a church, formerly kept by watching all night; vigils; state of forbearing sleep; the sitting up of persons with a dead body prior to burial; a lichwake.
  40. The track which a ship leaves in the water, formed by the meeting of the water behind. In the wake of, following immediately after.
  41. To be or continue awake; to cease to sleep; to awake; to be alive or active; to be excited from a torpid state; to be put in motion.
  42. To rouse from sleep; to arouse; to put in motion or action; to revive.
  43. The streak of smooth water left in the track of a ship.
  44. To rouse or be roused from sleep; to be alive or active; to put in motion or action.
  45. The sitting up all night with a deceased person, usually accompanied with drinking, & c.; an annual festival in commemoration of the dedication of a parish church formerly observed by watching all night and feasting.

Usage examples for wake

  1. Mama darling, wake up! – Gaslight Sonatas by Fannie Hurst
  2. And once she's asleep I shan't dare move, or she'll wake up. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  3. We mustn't wake her. – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  4. Wonderful to wake up in the morning to another day of being well. – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  5. Pendleton did not expect anything, either, but he said: " All right, I will, if you'll wake me in a few hours and let me take a turn at it." – Ashton-Kirk, Investigator by John T. McIntyre
  6. " Wake up, old top," he said. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  7. Thank you, Mrs. Clyde, I will take coffee, I think it will wake me up. – Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party by C. E. Jacobs Edyth Ellerbeck Read
  8. " When I wish it," said Trirodov, " I will wake him." – The Created Legend by Feodor Sologub
  9. Why do you wake me? – The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins
  10. Suppose he should wake up. – The Depot Master by Joseph C. Lincoln
  11. Wake, all who wake! – Strange Pages from Family Papers by T. F. Thiselton Dyer
  12. Has nothing occurred to wake a doubt in you? – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  13. So wake up, little baby And open your eye, For I think it high time To have done with bye- bye. – Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 by Edward William Cole
  14. You are never beside me when I wake. – The Hour and the Man An Historical Romance by Harriet Martineau
  15. But it had needed Worth Gilbert's appearance on the scene to wake him up to his own real feeling. – The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan Perry Newberry
  16. But it was terrible to wake up and see you. – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  17. But much of Aladdin that had slept so long was to wake no more. – Aladdin O'Brien by Gouverneur Morris
  18. Wake up there, I cried, and get along! – In Direst Peril by David Christie Murray
  19. Doc did not wake him up. – The U-boat hunters by James B. Connolly