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waken

[wey-kuh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to rouse from sleep; wake; awake; awaken.
  2. to rouse from inactivity; stir up or excite; arouse; awaken: to waken the reader's interest.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to wake, or become awake; awaken.
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Origin of waken

before 900; Middle English waknen, Old English wæcnan; cognate with Old Norse vakna; akin to wake1; see -en1
Related formswak·en·er, nounre·wak·en, verbun·wak·ened, adjective
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Related Words

rouse, nudge, prod, stretch, shake, rise, arouse, awake, arise, call, awaken, stir, bestir, activate, animate, challenge, enliven, fire, freshen

Examples from the Web for wakened

Historical Examples

  • And when she wakened all that happened in the night was filmed over and had become dreamlike.

    Way of the Lawless

    Max Brand

  • When he wakened the aches were gone from his limbs, and his mind was a happy blank.

  • And accordingly, when he wakened in the middle of the night, he was alert on the instant.

  • No sooner was the first light streaking the horizon to the east than Andrew wakened.

  • Because he was young and very strong, he wakened to a certain lightness of spirit.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for wakened

waken

verb
  1. to rouse or be roused from sleep or some other inactive state
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Derived Formswakener, noun

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Word Origin and History for wakened

waken

v.

"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.

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