What does wake mean?

Definitions for wakeweɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wake.

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."


  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

  14. Origin: [Originally, an open space of water srrounded by ice, and then, the passage cut through ice for a vessel, probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. vk a hole, opening in ice, Sw. vak, Dan. vaage, perhaps akin to E. humid.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wake

    wāk, v.i. to cease from sleep: to lie awake: (B.) to watch: to be roused up, active, or vigilant: to return to life: (Shak.) to hold a late revel: to keep vigil.—v.t. to rouse from sleep: to keep vigil over: to excite, disturb: to reanimate:—pa.t. and pa.p. waked or woke.—n. act of waking: feast of the dedication of a church, formerly kept by watching all night: sitting up of persons with a corpse.—adj. Wake′ful, being awake: indisposed to sleep: vigilant.—adv. Wake′fully.—n. Wake′fulness.—v.t. and v.i. Wā′ken, to wake or awake: to be awake.—ns. Wake′ner, one who or that which wakens; Wake′ning, act of one who wakens; (Scots law) revival of an action; Wā′ker, one who wakes.—adj. Wake′rife (Scot.), wakeful.—ns. Wake′-time, time during which one is awake; Wā′king.—adj. being awake: rousing from sleep: passed in the waking state. [A.S. wacan, to be born, also wacian, to waken (cf. weccan, Ger. wecken). Cf. Wait, Watch.]

  2. Wake

    wāk, n. the streak of smooth water left in the track of a ship: hence (fig.) 'in the wake of,' in the train of, immediately after. [Ice. vök, a hole in the ice, vökr, moist. The root is seen in L. humēre, to be moist, Gr. hugros, moist.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wake in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Persian Proverb:

    Go and wake up your luck.

  2. Nick B.:

    Sleep well. Wake inspired.

  3. Cristina Albertin:

    This is a huge wake-up call.

  4. Dejan Stojanovic:

    There is nobody to wake up eternal seekers.

  5. Brandon A. Trean:

    The key to living your dreams is to wake up.

Images & Illustrations of wake

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Translations for wake

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • събуждам се, събуждамBulgarian
  • dihuniñBreton
  • vzbudit, vzbudit se, probudit, probudit seCzech
  • gwylnosWelsh
  • vågne, vækkeDanish
  • Nachlauf, erwachen, wecken, aufwecken, Totenwache, Kielwasser, aufwachenGerman
  • veki, vekiĝiEsperanto
  • vigilia, estela, despertar, despertarseSpanish
  • herätä, [[vainajan]] [[valvojaiset]], peräaalto, herättää, hautajaiskahvit, ruumiinvalvojaiset, vanavesiFinnish
  • vakna, vøka, vekjaFaroese
  • réveiller, veillée funèbre, sillage, se réveillerFrench
  • dúisighIrish
  • uisge-stiùireach, dùisgScottish Gaelic
  • להעיר, להתעוררHebrew
  • felébred, felébreszt, felkelt, felkelHungarian
  • bangunIndonesian
  • slóð, kjölfarIcelandic
  • scia, veglia, risvegliarsi, turbolenzaItalian
  • 起こす, 起きる, 航跡, 目覚める, 目が覚めるJapanese
  • 일어나다, 경야Korean
  • excitoLatin
  • erwächenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • šermenysLithuanian
  • kōriporipo, kōrinorinoMāori
  • wakker maken, wakker worden, kielzog, dodenwake, wekken, wake, ontwakenDutch
  • czuwanie, kilwater, obudzić się, obudzić, [[przy]] [[zwłoki, smuga kondensacyjnaPolish
  • acordar, velórioPortuguese
  • priveghi, siaj, treziRomanian
  • проснуться, пробуждаться, просыпаться, будить, поминки, кильватер, разбудить, пробудитьсяRussian
  • zobudiť sa, zobudiťSlovak
  • väcka, vakna, kölvattenSwedish
  • kuamsha, kuamkaSwahili
  • నిద్రలేపుట, నిద్ర ఆపుటTelugu
  • kaldırmak, uyanmakTurkish
  • thứcVietnamese
  • kuilavatVolapük

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