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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How to use wake-up in a sentence
However, we have just had a necessary wake-up call that all is not as secure as we believed.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat | Clive Irving | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
No one is saying you wake up every morning hell-bent on killing unarmed black kids.
This slows the rate of all the above processes and increases the chances that someone can recover quickly enough to wake up.
It is not some benign magical sleep as shown on TV, where people wake up a year later and are instantly back to normal.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury | Jean Kim | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I wake up and I pray, and then I see visions and I explain all those to my mom,” who would give her canvases to re-create them.
The latter gentleman was wondering whether he had fallen into a dream that he should wake up from in the morning.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Woman—Thou beest a sound sleeper—Wake up, and see to thy bairn, and I will gie thee both a good breakfast.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
"Yes; and I went to sleep almost immediately, and did not wake up till very late next morning," she replied.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
Altogether you see how well it would be if you could do anything to wake up the Post 267 Office.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Suddenly I heard a voice, which said, "Wake up," and I felt a hand touch the left side of my head.Urania | Camille Flammarion
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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