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[wey-kuh-ning] /ˈweɪ kə nɪŋ/
Scots Law. a revival of a legal action or the process by which this is done.
Origin of wakening
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at waken, -ing1
Related forms
unwakening, adjective


[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.
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 wakening
Historical Examples
  • Visions of a "wakening up" time for her and Jimmy were in her mind.

  • He might dream, of happiness now, but how sad would be the wakening.

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • For the first time she felt something stir in her stunned mind—as if thought were wakening—fear—a vague quaking.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • On her wakening again it was seen that the fever was broken.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • They tiptoed gently away, but they need not have been afraid of wakening her.

    Judy of York Hill Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
  • When she stepped about it was in the manner of one who is fearful of wakening a sleeper.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • The hour of wakening was to come--Stephen Letsom never forgot it.

    Wife in Name Only Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  • Quite gone now the daze and drowsiness of the first wakening.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • The Thakur withdrew his head, and from certain grunts that followed seemed to be wakening his retainers.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • "I wish Allan would come," she said again, thinking of wakening the Indian.

British Dictionary definitions for wakening


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 wakening



"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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