- to become awake; come to one's senses after sleep or a state like sleep
- to become active, animated, or alive after inactivity or dormancy
Origin of wakenMiddle English waknen ; from Old English wacnian, wæcnan, to become awake, akin to Old Norse vakna, to waken: for Indo-European base see wake
- to cause to wake; awake
- to urge or stir into action or activity; arouse; excite
verbwak·ened, wak·en·ing, wak·ens
- To rouse from sleep; awake: The noise wakened me.
- To rouse from a quiescent or inactive state; stir.
- To cause to be aware; alert or enlighten: The news wakened the king to his advisers' treachery.
- To become awake; wake up: I plan to waken at six o'clock tomorrow. See Usage Note at wake1.
- To become aware: wakened to the truth.
Origin of wakenMiddle English wakenen, from Old English wæcnan; see weg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wakens, present participle wakening, simple past and past participle wakened)