[ wey-kuhn ]
/ ˈweɪ kən /
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verb (used with object)
to rouse from sleep; wake; awake; awaken.
to rouse from inactivity; stir up or excite; arouse; awaken: to waken the reader's interest.
verb (used without object)
to wake, or become awake; awaken.
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Origin of waken
OTHER WORDS FROM wakenwak·en·er, nounre·wak·en, verbun·wak·ened, adjective
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How to use waken in a sentence
She had wakened up in the night, and perceived with dreadful clearness that trouble lay in front of her.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Just a little before daybreak they were all wakened by the bellowing of the oxen and the barking of dogs.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
His imagination, wakened by Egypt, plunged backwards with a sense of strange familiarity.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
The baby had wakened with a cry, and a watchful attendant came gliding in at the sound.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
It was so gently done that even if he had been really asleep, he would never have wakened.The Box-Car Children|Gertrude Chandler Warner
British Dictionary definitions for waken
/ (ˈweɪkən) /
to rouse or be roused from sleep or some other inactive state
Derived forms of wakenwakener, noun
See wake 1
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