Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial
  2. (noun, event) the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward
  3. (noun, location) an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
  4. (noun, phenomenon) the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
    in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured
  5. (verb, body) stop sleeping
  6. (verb, body) cause to become awake or conscious
    Please wake me at 6 AM.
  7. (verb, body) be awake, be alert, be there
  8. (verb, communication) make aware of
  9. (verb, emotion) arouse or excite feelings and passions
    The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world
    Wake old feelings of hatred

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Antonyms of Wake


Origin of the word Wake

  1. "to become awake," O.E. wacan "to become awake," also from wacian "to be or remain awake," both from P.Gmc. *waken (cf. O.S. wakon, O.N. vaka, Dan. vaage, O.Fris. waka, Du. waken, O.H.G. wahhen, Ger. wachen "to be awake," Goth. wakan "to watch"), from PIE base *weg- "to be strong, be lively" (cf… more
  2. "state of wakefulness," O.E. -wacu (as in nihtwacu "night watch"), related to watch; and partly from O.N. vaka "vigil, eve before a feast," related to vaka "be awake" (cf. O.H.G. wahta "watch, vigil," M.Du. wachten "to watch, guard;" see wake (v.)). Meaning "a sitting up at night with a corpse" is attested from early 15c. (the verb in t… more
  3. "track left by a moving ship," 1547, perhaps from M.L.G. or M.Du. wake "hole in the ice," from O.N. vok, vaka "hole in the ice," from P.Gmc. *wakwo. The sense perhaps evolved via "track made by a vessel through ice." Perhaps the Eng. word is directly from Scand. Fig. phrase in the wake of "following close behind" is recorded from 1806. more

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