verb (used without object), waked or woke, waked or wok·en, wak·ing.
verb (used with object), waked or woke, waked or wok·en, wak·ing.
Origin of wake1
Synonyms for wake
Antonyms for wake
Origin of wake2
Related Words for wakeaftermath, wave, vigil, watch, deathwatch, track, wash, train, backwash, path, furrow, obsequies
Examples from the Web for wake
Contemporary Examples of wake
That is why The Daily Beast stands with Charlie Hebdo and published their controversial covers in the wake of the attack.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
In the wake of this turmoil, the New York Post reported that the police had stopped policing.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
The newly free country struggled to maintain order in the wake of independence, but it was woefully unprepared.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
In the wake of the verdicts in Ferguson and New York City, many of us are still sore with emotion.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart
December 7, 2014
In the wake of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, things will not be the same.The Day I Used Eric Garner’s Voice
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of wake
They laid Paralus upon a couch, with the belief that he slept to wake no more.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The soul cannot move, wake, or open the eyes, without perceiving God.The Conquest of Fear
But now some dim perception of this truth began to wake in her.
So keen the blade, so soft the touch, the sleeper did not wake!
But was it possible he should ever wake to see how ugly his conduct had been?
verb wakes, waking, woke or woken
Word Origin for wake
Word Origin for wake
"to become awake," Old English wacan "to become awake," also from wacian "to be or remain awake," both from Proto-Germanic *waken (cf. Old Saxon wakon, Old Norse vaka, Danish vaage, Old Frisian waka, Dutch waken, Old High German wahhen, German wachen "to be awake," Gothic wakan "to watch"), from PIE root *weg- "to be strong, be lively" (cf. Sanskrit vajah "force, swiftness, race, prize," vajayati "drives on;" Latin vegere, vigere "to be live, be active, quicken," vigil "awake, wakeful," vigor "liveliness, activity"). Causative sense "to rouse from sleep" is attested from c.1300. Related: Waked; waking. Phrase wake-up call is attested from 1976, originally a call one received from the hotel desk in the morning.
"track left by a moving ship," 1540s, perhaps from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch wake "hole in the ice," from Old Norse vok, vaka "hole in the ice," from Proto-Germanic *wakwo. The sense perhaps evolved via "track made by a vessel through ice." Perhaps the English word is directly from Scandinavian. Figurative phrase in the wake of "following close behind" is recorded from 1806.
"state of wakefulness," Old English -wacu (as in nihtwacu "night watch"), related to watch; and partly from Old Norse vaka "vigil, eve before a feast," related to vaka "be awake" (cf. Old High German wahta "watch, vigil," Middle Dutch wachten "to watch, guard;" see wake (v.)). Meaning "a sitting up at night with a corpse" is attested from early 15c. (the verb in this sense is recorded from mid-13c.). The custom largely survived as an Irish activity. Wakeman (c.1200), which survives as a surname, was Middle English for "watchman."
A funeral celebration, common in Ireland, at which the participants stay awake all night keeping watch over the body of the dead person before burial. A wake traditionally involves a good deal of feasting and drinking.
In addition to the idioms beginning with wake
, also see
- in the wake of
- to wake the dead