- a past participle of wake1.
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for wake on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for woken
Cuomo said that passengers were woken up about an hour into the flight when the aircraft began to bounce.Inside The Ethiopian Airlines Hijacking Terror
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February 18, 2014
It is the moment when we are woken from our routine lives by a whisper or explosion, either of which demands ‘Why?’Why Albert Camus Remains Controversial
October 20, 2013
She kept resisting the command only to be woken up by it yet again.Why House Stenographer Dianne Reidy Snapped
October 17, 2013
Emanuel recalls reading to his children and falling asleep before they did, only to be woken by a late night phone call.The Presidents' Gatekeepers: Review of a New Film about the Chiefs of Staff
September 15, 2013
For a brief moment during the 2011–12 protests it seemed as if Navalny had woken Moscow up.Alexei Navalny Threatens Russia’s Corrupt Status Quo
July 19, 2013
I was woken up by a wet kiss planted on my lips by Isabel's husband.The Capgras Shift
At eleven he had woken with a start, and, hardening his heart, had gone back to his sermon.Saint's Progress
It was as though he had woken up, his real self; then—lost that self again.The Dark Flower
A quarter of an hour afterwards Julien pretended to have just woken up.The Red and the Black
On the way to Irkutsk I slept for fifty-eight versts, and was only once woken up.Letters of Anton Chekhov
- a past participle of wake 1
- (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 woken
"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 woken
In addition to the idioms beginning with wake
, also see
- in the wake of
- to wake the dead