- to rouse from sleep; wake; awake; awaken.
- to rouse from inactivity; stir up or excite; arouse; awaken: to waken the reader's interest.
- to wake, or become awake; awaken.
Origin of waken
Related Wordsrouse, nudge, prod, stretch, shake, rise, arouse, awake, arise, call, awaken, stir, bestir
Examples from the Web for waken
I am sorry to waken you, Sidney, but I don't know what to do.
I doze for a little, and when I waken there are people in the room.
Maria had warned her not to waken her grandfather, so she admired it in whispers.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
It seemed to waken all the room into new vibrations of life.Tiverton Tales
He went closer to her, trying to waken her passion by the strength of his.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- to rouse or be roused from sleep or some other inactive state
Word Origin and History for waken
"to become awake," Old English wæcnan, wæcnian "to rise, spring," from the same source as wake (v.). Figurative sense was in Old English. Transitive sense of "to arouse (someone or something) from sleep" is recorded from c.1200. Related: Wakened; wakening.