To wake is defined as to come out of being asleep.(verb)
An example of to wake is an alarm clock going off in the morning, making someone become alert by taking them out of sleep.
Wake is a pre-burial gathering of the family and friends of someone who has recently died.(noun)
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.(noun)
An example of a wake is the path behind a speed boat which is cruising on a lake.
See wake in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME wakien < OE wacian, to be awake & wacan, to arise, akin to Ger wachen < IE base *weĝ-, to be active > L vegere, to arouse, be active, Sans vāja-, strength, speed
Origin: prob. via LowG < ON vök, hole, opening in the ice: for IE base see humor
See wake in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb woke woke (wōk) or waked (wākt), waked waked or wok·en (wōˈkən), wak·ing, wakes verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English wakien, waken
Origin: , from Old English wacan, to wake up
Origin: and wacian, to be awake, keep watch; see weg- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Possibly from Middle Low German, hole in the ice
Origin: , of Scandinavian origin
Origin: ; akin to Old Norse vök.
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