Definitions for wakeweɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wakeweɪk(v.)waked; woke, waked; wok•en, wak•ing

  1. (v.i.)to become roused from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often fol. by up).

  2. to become roused from a tranquil or inactive state; awake:

    to wake from one's daydreams.

  3. to become cognizant or aware of something; awaken:

    to wake to the situation.

  4. to be or continue to be awake.

  5. to hold a wake over a corpse.

  6. to keep watch or vigil.

  7. (v.t.)to rouse from sleep; awaken (often fol. by up).

  8. to rouse from lethargy, apathy, etc. (often fol. by up):

    It woke us up to the need for conservation.

  9. to hold a wake for.

  10. to keep watch or vigil over.

  11. (n.)a watch kept, esp. for some solemn purpose.

  12. a watch or vigil by the body of a dead person before burial.

  13. a local annual festival in England, formerly to honor the patron saint.

  14. the state of being awake:

    between sleep and wake.

Origin of wake:

bef. 900; ME: to be awake, OE wacian, c. OFris wakia, OS wakōn, ON vaka, Go wakan; cf. awake


  1. the track of waves left by a ship or boat moving through the water.

    Category: Navy

  2. the path or course of anything that has passed or preceded:

    The tornado left ruin in its wake.

Origin of wake:

1540–50; < MLG, D wake, or ON vǫk hole in the ice

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aftermath, wake, backwash(noun)

    the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)

    "the aftermath of war"; "in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured"

  2. Wake Island, Wake(noun)

    an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii

  3. wake, backwash(noun)

    the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward

    "the motorboat's wake capsized the canoe"

  4. wake, viewing(verb)

    a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial

    "there's no weeping at an Irish wake"

  5. wake(verb)

    be awake, be alert, be there

  6. wake up, awake, arouse, awaken, wake, come alive, waken(verb)

    stop sleeping

    "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"

  7. inflame, stir up, wake, ignite, heat, fire up(verb)

    arouse or excite feelings and passions

    "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake old feelings of hatred"

  8. wake(verb)

    make aware of

    "His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation"

  9. awaken, wake, waken, rouse, wake up, arouse(verb)

    cause to become awake or conscious

    "He was roused by the drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM."

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wake(verb)ɪk

    to stop sleeping

    Why did you wake the baby?; We woke to the sound of sirens.

  2. wake(noun)ɪk

    after or as a result of

    public fears in the wake of the killings


  1. wake(Noun)

    A number of vultures assembled together.

  2. Origin: Probably , from vǫk ( > Danish våge, Icelandic vök).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wake(noun)

    the track left by a vessel in the water; by extension, any track; as, the wake of an army

  2. Wake(verb)

    to be or to continue awake; to watch; not to sleep

  3. Wake(verb)

    to sit up late festive purposes; to hold a night revel

  4. Wake(verb)

    to be excited or roused from sleep; to awake; to be awakened; to cease to sleep; -- often with up

  5. Wake(verb)

    to be exited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active

  6. Wake(verb)

    to rouse from sleep; to awake

  7. Wake(verb)

    to put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite

  8. Wake(verb)

    to bring to life again, as if from the sleep of death; to reanimate; to revive

  9. Wake(verb)

    to watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body

  10. Wake(noun)

    the act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of being awake

  11. Wake(noun)

    the state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or festive purposes; a vigil

  12. Wake(noun)

    an annual parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the dedication of a church. Originally, prayers were said on the evening preceding, and hymns were sung during the night, in the church; subsequently, these vigils were discontinued, and the day itself, often with succeeding days, was occupied in rural pastimes and exercises, attended by eating and drinking, often to excess

  13. Wake(noun)

    the sitting up of persons with a dead body, often attended with a degree of festivity, chiefly among the Irish


  1. WAKE

    In cryptography, WAKE is a stream cipher designed by David Wheeler in 1993. WAKE stands for Word Auto Key Encryption. The cipher works in cipher feedback mode, generating keystream blocks from previous ciphertext blocks. WAKE uses an S-box with 256 entries of 32-bit words. The cipher is fast, but vulnerable to chosen plaintext and chosen ciphertext attacks.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wake' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2956

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wake' in Nouns Frequency: #2674

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wake' in Verbs Frequency: #472

Translations for wake

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a strip of smooth-looking or foamy water left behind a ship.

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