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[wey-kuh n] /ˈweɪ kən/
verb (used with object)
to rouse from sleep; wake; awake; awaken.
to rouse from inactivity; stir up or excite; arouse; awaken:
to waken the reader's interest.
verb (used without object)
to wake, or become awake; awaken.
Origin of waken
before 900; Middle English waknen, Old English wæcnan; cognate with Old Norse vakna; akin to wake1; see -en1
Related forms
wakener, noun
rewaken, verb
unwakened, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wakened
Historical Examples
  • And when she wakened all that happened in the night was filmed over and had become dreamlike.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • When he wakened the aches were gone from his limbs, and his mind was a happy blank.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • And accordingly, when he wakened in the middle of the night, he was alert on the instant.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • No sooner was the first light streaking the horizon to the east than Andrew wakened.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Because he was young and very strong, he wakened to a certain lightness of spirit.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • In the middle of the night I was wakened by the sound of eating.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • We put him to bed, and in a short time he wakened, raving with a fever on his brain.

  • The next morning, when I wakened, I in my turn received a note from her ladyship.

  • Then he wakened out of his doze, and began questioning me who the gentlemen were.

  • The sufferer had just wakened from sleep, and he motioned to Philip to raise him.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for wakened


to rouse or be roused from sleep or some other inactive state
Derived Forms
wakener, noun
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Word Origin and History for wakened



"to become awake," Old English wæcnan, wæcnian "to rise, spring," from the same source as wake (v.). Figurative sense was in Old English. Transitive sense of "to arouse (someone or something) from sleep" is recorded from c.1200. Related: Wakened; wakening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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