- 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, activate, animate, challenge, enliven, fire, freshen
Examples from the Web for wakened
And when she wakened all that happened in the night was filmed over and had become dreamlike.
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
- to rouse or be roused from sleep or some other inactive state
Word Origin and History for wakened
"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.