- to become roused from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often followed by up).
- to become roused from a tranquil or inactive state; awaken; waken: to wake from one's daydreams.
- to become cognizant or aware of something; awaken; waken: to wake to the true situation.
- to be or continue to be awake: Whether I wake or sleep, I think of you.
- to remain awake for some purpose, duty, etc.: I will wake until you return.
- to hold a wake over a corpse.
- to keep watch or vigil.
- to rouse from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often followed by up): Don't wake me for breakfast. Wake me up at six o'clock.
- to rouse from lethargy, apathy, ignorance, etc. (often followed by up): The tragedy woke us up to the need for safety precautions.
- to hold a wake for or over (a dead person).
- to keep watch or vigil over.
- a watching, or a watch kept, especially for some solemn or ceremonial purpose.
- a watch or vigil by the body of a dead person before burial, sometimes accompanied by feasting or merrymaking.
- a local annual festival in England, formerly held in honor of the patron saint or on the anniversary of the dedication of a church but now usually having little or no religious significance.
- the state of being awake: between sleep and wake.
Origin of wake1
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Examples from the Web for waking
Waking briefly a few times throughout the night, I heard sounds, voices, slamming doors.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
She tells clients to open curtains as much as possible to get exposure to natural light right when the body is waking up.9 Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
December 5, 2014
The next thing I remember was waking up in his bed back at the Sherry, naked.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
“In his waking hours, Kane had certainly forgotten the sled and the name which was painted on it,” he wrote.We All Have a Rosebud in Our Pasts
October 15, 2014
The forums and message boards all cite “waking up to loose strands on your pillow” as a real indicator of significant hair loss.Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One
October 14, 2014
"I feel as if I should like some fish for breakfast," said Robert one morning, on waking up.Brave and Bold
Now, waking, his hand was working nervously across the floor of the shack.Way of the Lawless
"—which every one is waking up to talk about," said Hester, and said no more.Weighed and Wanting
Heavens, that was seven days, and every day had at least sixteen waking hours.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
In her dreams, as in her waking hours, her mind was filled with it.The Dream
- (often foll by up) to rouse or become roused from sleep
- (often foll by up) to rouse or become roused from inactivity
- (intr; often foll by to or up to) to become conscious or awareat last he woke to the situation
- (intr) to be or remain awake
- (tr) to arouse (feelings etc)
- dialect to hold a wake over (a corpse)
- archaic, or dialect to keep watch over
- wake up and smell the coffee informal to face up to reality, especially in an unpleasant situation
- a watch or vigil held over the body of a dead person during the night before burial
- (in Ireland) festivities held after a funeral
- the patronal or dedication festival of English parish churches
- a solemn or ceremonial vigil
- (usually plural) an annual holiday in any of various towns in northern England, when the local factory or factories close, usually for a week or two weeks
- rare the state of being awake
- the waves or track left by a vessel or other object moving through water
- the track or path left by anything that has passedwrecked houses in the wake of the hurricane
Word Origin and History for waking
"state of wakefulness," Old English -wacu (as in nihtwacu "night watch"), related to watch; and partly from Old Norse vaka "vigil, eve before a feast," related to vaka "be awake" (cf. Old High German wahta "watch, vigil," Middle Dutch wachten "to watch, guard;" see wake (v.)). Meaning "a sitting up at night with a corpse" is attested from early 15c. (the verb in this sense is recorded from mid-13c.). The custom largely survived as an Irish activity. Wakeman (c.1200), which survives as a surname, was Middle English for "watchman."
"to become awake," Old English wacan "to become awake," also from wacian "to be or remain awake," both from Proto-Germanic *waken (cf. Old Saxon wakon, Old Norse vaka, Danish vaage, Old Frisian waka, Dutch waken, Old High German wahhen, German wachen "to be awake," Gothic wakan "to watch"), from PIE root *weg- "to be strong, be lively" (cf. Sanskrit vajah "force, swiftness, race, prize," vajayati "drives on;" Latin vegere, vigere "to be live, be active, quicken," vigil "awake, wakeful," vigor "liveliness, activity"). Causative sense "to rouse from sleep" is attested from c.1300. Related: Waked; waking. Phrase wake-up call is attested from 1976, originally a call one received from the hotel desk in the morning.
"track left by a moving ship," 1540s, perhaps from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch wake "hole in the ice," from Old Norse vok, vaka "hole in the ice," from Proto-Germanic *wakwo. The sense perhaps evolved via "track made by a vessel through ice." Perhaps the English word is directly from Scandinavian. Figurative phrase in the wake of "following close behind" is recorded from 1806.
A funeral celebration, common in Ireland, at which the participants stay awake all night keeping watch over the body of the dead person before burial. A wake traditionally involves a good deal of feasting and drinking.
Idioms and Phrases with waking
In addition to the idioms beginning with wake
, also see
- in the wake of
- to wake the dead