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.
- wake island,
- wake-up call,
Origin of wake1
Origin of wake2
Examples from the Web for 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|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the wake of this turmoil, the New York Post reported that the police had stopped policing.
The newly free country struggled to maintain order in the wake of independence, but it was woefully unprepared.
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|Pete Dexter|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the wake of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, things will not be the same.
But if I show him to you he will wake up, and who knows if he will go to sleep again.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales|Guy De Maupassant
And he began pushing his way into the crowd, with Jimmie in his wake.Jimmie Higgins|Upton Sinclair
They were walking their horses past the house, which was dark, careful not to wake Vesta.The Duke Of Chimney Butte|G. W. Ogden
Outer angle irons of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd longitudinals were started in the wake of the broken place.Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare|C. W. Sleeman
He called her, lavished tender names on her, and seeing she did not wake, ran for water and sprinkled her pale face.An Eagle Flight|Jos Rizal
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