Scots Law. a revival of a legal action or the process by which this is done.

Origin of wakening

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at waken, -ing1
Related formsun·wak·en·ing, adjective


[wey-kuh n]

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.

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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Examples from the Web for wakening

Historical Examples of wakening

  • On her wakening again it was seen that the fever was broken.

  • They tiptoed gently away, but they need not have been afraid of wakening her.

    Judy of York Hill

    Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett

  • Her slumber was at all times almost as energetic as her wakening hours.

    Mary, Mary

    James Stephens

  • He might dream, of happiness now, but how sad would be the wakening.

    Janet's Love and Service

    Margaret M Robertson

  • This was the second time of wakening for Ruby that night, since he lay down to rest.

    The Lighthouse

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for wakening



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


See wake 1
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Word Origin and History for wakening



"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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