[ weyk-uhp ]
/ ˈweɪkˌʌp /
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an act or instance of waking up.
an act or instance of being awakened: I asked the hotel desk for a wake-up at 6.
a time of awaking or being awakened: I'll need a 5 o'clock wake-up to make the early plane.


serving to wake one from sleep: Tell the front desk you want a wake-up call.
serving to arouse or alert: a wake-up call on the problems of pollution.



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Origin of wake-up

First recorded in 1835–45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase wake up
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British Dictionary definitions for wake-up



Australian informal an alert or intelligent person
be a wake-up to Australian informal to be fully alert to (a person, thing, action, etc)
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