Wake definition

wāk
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.

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To become active or animated after inactivity or dormancy.
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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.

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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.

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To be brought into a state of awareness or alertness.

Suddenly woke to the danger we were in.

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To cause to come out of sleep; awaken.
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To stir, as from a dormant or inactive condition; rouse.

Wake old animosities.

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To make aware; alert or enlighten.

The report woke me to the facts of the matter.

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A gathering of people in the presence of the body of a deceased person in order to honor the person and console one another.
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A parish festival held annually, often in honor of a patron saint.
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An annual vacation.
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The visible track of turbulence left by something moving through water.

The wake of a ship.

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A track, course, or condition left behind something that has passed.

The war left destruction and famine in its wake.

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To be or stay awake.

During one's waking hours.

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To become alert (to a realization, possibility, etc.)
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To cause to wake from or as from sleep.
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(chiefly dial.) To keep watch or vigil over; esp., to hold a wake over (a corpse)
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(now rare) The state of being awake.
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(anglican ch.) An annual parish festival, originally held in honor of a patron saint.
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A vigil over a corpse before burial.
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A viewing of a corpse before a funeral, as at a funeral home.
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The track or trail left in the water by a moving ship or boat.
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The track or course of anything that has gone before or passed by.
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(intransitive) (often followed by up) To stop sleeping.

I woke up at four o'clock this morning.

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(often followed by up) To make somebody stop sleeping; to rouse from sleep.

The neighbour's car alarm woke me from a strange dream.

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(figuratively) To put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite.
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(intransitive, figuratively) To be excited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active.
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To lay out a body prior to burial in order to allow family and friends to pay their last respects.
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To watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body.
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To be or remain awake; not to sleep.
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A period after a person's death before the body is buried, in some cultures accompanied by a party.
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The path left behind a ship on the surface of the water.
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The turbulent air left behind a flying aircraft.
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(figuratively) The area behind something, typically a rapidly moving object.
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A number of vultures assembled together.
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An island in Micronesia, administered by the Office of Insular Affairs of the United States Department of the Interior and used solely by the United States Air Force.
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To hold or attend the wake of someone who has died.
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To come out of sleep or a state like or suggestive of sleep, as a stupor or trance; awake.
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(chiefly dial.) To keep watch or vigil; esp., to hold a wake over a corpse.
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To cease to sleep; become awake.

Overslept and woke late.

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To stay awake.

Bears wake for spring, summer, and fall and hibernate for the winter.

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To arouse, excite, or stir up (passions, etc.) or evoke (a sound, echo, etc.)
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in the wake of
  • Following directly on.
  • In the aftermath of; as a consequence of.
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in the wake of
  • following directly or close behind
  • following as a consequence
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
wake
Plural:
wakes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of wake

  • Middle English wakien, waken from Old English wacan to wake up wacian to be awake, keep watch weg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly from Middle Low German hole in the ice of Scandinavian origin Old Norse vök

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably Middle Low German, from Old Norse vÇ«k (“a hole in the ice") (> Danish vÃ¥ge, Icelandic vök).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English waken, Old English wacan

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English wakien, Old English wacian

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English wacu.

    From Wiktionary