wake

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[ weyk ]
/ weɪk /

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.

noun

Origin of wake

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before 900; (v.) in sense “to become awake” continuing Middle English waken, Old English *wacan (found only in past tense wōc and the compounds onwacan, āwacan to become awake; see awake (v.)); in sense “to be awake” continuing Middle English waken, Old English wacian (cognate with Old Frisian wakia, Old Saxon wakōn, Old Norse vaka, Gothic wakan); in sense “to rouse from sleep” continuing Middle English waken, replacing Middle English wecchen, Old English weccan, probably altered by association with the other senses and with the k of Old Norse vaka; (noun) Middle English: state of wakefulness, vigil (late Middle English: vigil over a dead body), probably continuing Old English *wacu (found only in nihtwacu night-watch); all ultimately < Germanic *wak- be lively; akin to watch, vegetable, vigil

OTHER WORDS FROM wake

wak·er, nounhalf-wak·ing, adjectiveun·waked, adjectiveun·wak·ing, adjective

Definition for wake (2 of 2)

wake2
[ weyk ]
/ weɪk /

noun

the track of waves left by a ship or other object moving through the water: The wake of the boat glowed in the darkness.
the path or course of anything that has passed or preceded: The tornado left ruin in its wake.

Origin of wake

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1540–50; < Middle Low German, Dutch wake, or Old Norse vǫk hole in the ice
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British Dictionary definitions for wake (1 of 2)

wake1
/ (weɪk) /

verb wakes, waking, woke or woken

noun

Derived forms of wake

waker, noun

Word Origin for wake

Old English wacian; related to Old Frisian wakia, Old High German wahtēn

usage for wake

Where there is an object and the sense is the literal one wake (up) and waken are the commonest forms: I wakened him; I woke him (up). Both verbs are also commonly used without an object: I woke up . Awake and awaken are preferred to other forms of wake where the sense is a figurative one: he awoke to the danger

British Dictionary definitions for wake (2 of 2)

wake2
/ (weɪk) /

noun

the waves or track left by a vessel or other object moving through water
the track or path left by anything that has passedwrecked houses in the wake of the hurricane

Word Origin for wake

C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse vaka, vök hole cut in ice, Swedish vak, Danish vaage; perhaps related to Old Norse vökr, Middle Dutch wak wet
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Culture definitions for wake

wake

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with wake

wake

In addition to the idioms beginning with wake

, also see

  • in the wake of
  • to wake the dead

.

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