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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
  • 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
  • Her slumber was at all times almost as energetic as her wakening hours.

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

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • This was the second time of wakening for Ruby that night, since he lay down to rest.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
  • She had slept for nine long years, and I knew that the wakening could be none of the suddenest.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • We have business to transact with him, and will await his wakening.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Field slept, and Mamie sank into a chair, and waited for his wakening.

    One Man's View

    Leonard Merrick
  • And Claire was alert in an instant, wakening, soothing and helping the frightened Dora.

    Interrupted Pansy
  • When she stepped about it was in the manner of one who is fearful of wakening a sleeper.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
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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