- Wake is a pre-burial gathering of the family and friends of someone who has recently died.
An example of a wake is an Irish celebration of a person's life shortly after passing.
- The definition of a wake is the trail left in the water by a moving ship or boat.
An example of a wake is the path behind a speed boat which is cruising on a lake.
- To wake is defined as to come out of being asleep.
An example of to wake is an alarm clock going off in the morning, making someone become alert by taking them out of sleep.
This woman will wake when the alarm goes off.
intransitive verbwoke, waked, waked, woken, waking
- to come out of sleep or a state like or suggestive of sleep, as a stupor or trance; awake: often with up
- to be or stay awake
- to become active or animated after inactivity or dormancy: often with up
- to become alert (to a realization, possibility, etc.)
- wakedChiefly Dial. to keep watch or vigil; esp., to hold a wake over a corpse
Origin of wakeMiddle English wakien ; from Old English wacian, to be awake and amp; wacan, to arise, akin to German wachen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form weĝ-, to be active from source Classical Latin vegere, to arouse, be active, Sanskrit vāja-, strength, speed
- to cause to wake from or as from sleep: often with up
- to arouse, excite, or stir up (passions, etc.) or evoke (a sound, echo, etc.)
- wakedChiefly Dial. to keep watch or vigil over; esp., to hold a wake over (a corpse)
- Now Rare the state of being awake
- a watch over or viewing of a corpse before burial, formerly often with festivities
- Anglican Ch. an annual parish festival, originally held in honor of a patron saint
- the track or trail left in the water by a moving ship or boat
- the track or course of anything that has gone before or passed by
Origin of wakeprobably via Low German ; from Old Norse vök, hole, opening in the ice: for Indo-European base see humor
in the wake of
- following directly or close behind
- following as a consequence
verbwoke woke or waked , waked waked or wok·en , wak·ing, wakes
- a. To cease to sleep; become awake: overslept and woke late.b. To stay awake: Bears wake for spring, summer, and fall and hibernate for the winter.c. To be brought into a state of awareness or alertness: suddenly woke to the danger we were in.
- To hold or attend the wake of someone who has died.
- To cause to come out of sleep; awaken.
- To stir, as from a dormant or inactive condition; rouse: wake old animosities.
- To make aware; alert or enlighten: The report woke me to the facts of the matter.
- A gathering of people in the presence of the body of a deceased person in order to honor the person and console one another.
- wakes (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Chiefly British a. A parish festival held annually, often in honor of a patron saint.b. An annual vacation.
Origin of wakeMiddle English wakien, waken, from Old English wacan, to wake up and wacian, to be awake, keep watch; see weg- in Indo-European roots.
- The visible track of turbulence left by something moving through water: the wake of a ship.
- A track, course, or condition left behind something that has passed: The war left destruction and famine in its wake.
Origin of wakePossibly from Middle Low German, hole in the ice, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse v&odie;k.
(third-person singular simple present wakes, present participle waking, simple past (senses 1, 2, 3, 5) woke or (US, or English dialectal; archaic elsewhere (senses 1, 2, 3, 5) (sense 4) waked, past participle (senses 1, 2, 3, 5) woken or (US, or English dialectal; archaic elsewhere (senses 1, 2, 3, 5) (sense 4) waked)
- (intransitive) (often followed by up) To stop sleeping.
- I woke up at four o'clock this morning.
- (often followed by up) To make somebody stop sleeping; to rouse from sleep.
- The neighbour's car alarm woke me from a strange dream.
- (figuratively) To put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To be excited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active.
- To lay out a body prior to burial in order to allow family and friends to pay their last respects.
- To watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body.
- To be or remain awake; not to sleep.
- Middle English waken, Old English wacan
- Middle English wakien, Old English wacian
From Old English wacu.
- The path left behind a ship on the surface of the water.
- The turbulent air left behind a flying aircraft.
- (figuratively) The area behind something, typically a rapidly moving object.
- A number of vultures assembled together.