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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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  • And then he wakened Grania, and he bade her to keep watch for Muadhan, and he himself would go out and take a look around.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • And when he wakened up, his hounds were heaps of dust beside him.

  • She was quite alone with her boy, with the wakened Indians preparing for their labours of the open season.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • If so, he was wakened from his reverie by the next performance.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • They wanted to have her wakened at once, but I refused, although I agreed to bring her out first thing in the morning.

    Where There's A Will Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Martha met the bewildered Aaron at the door, wakened by Musa's shouting.

    Blind Man's Lantern Allen Kim Lang
  • The new morning, skipping across the sparkling lake, climbed up to Dorry's window and wakened her with its sunny touch.

    Donald and Dorothy Mary Mapes Dodge
  • Every morning I wakened with a fresh consciousness that winter was over.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Harlan went to the window impatiently, like one wakened from a dream by a blind impulse of action.

  • Could he unfasten and mount one before any of them a wakened?

    The Young Adventurer Horatio Alger
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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