Adjective "wake" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep; stop sleeping.
  1. with object 'I woke him gently'
  2. 'Debbie was still asleep so I decided to try and go back to sleep until she woke up.'
  3. 'I got woken at 5am by the window rattling.'
  4. 'I woke up on Tuesday morning after a few hours fitful sleep and went back to the hospital.'
  5. 'When I woke up an hour later the rain had stopped, it was a glorious sunny day and mist was rising off the lake.'
  6. 'She wakes from a coma a few days later to learn the awful truth.'
  7. 'A little voice in her head woke her up this is not how you're going to start the New Year is it?'
  8. 'He wakes his comrade, who stirs and stolidly puts on his boots, army shirt, cap, gun.'
  9. 'One of the most famous ghost sightings was by a six-year-old girl woken by scratching noises.'
  10. 'Neighbours woken by her screams tried to save the girls, but were driven back by the intense heat.'
  11. 'Jenny was afraid that Adam's raised voice would wake the children.'
  12. 'And the thing is, just occasionally, you wake up to how bizarre your own life is.'
  13. 'It is time for British politics - the labour movement above all - to wake up to what is being done in our name.'
  14. 'The Celtic Tiger boom has levelled off and we have to wake up to that reality, he added.'
  15. 'He said that by the time people woke up to what was being planned the time for consultation had passed.'
  16. 'People are waking up finally to the reality that the game has changed.'
  17. 'his voice wakes desire in others'
  18. 'My snores were, by all accounts, loud enough to wake the dead.'
  19. 'One by one as we scurried them towards the tow-line and began to lever them into harness, they raised their muzzles and let out a yowl to wake the dead.'
Hold a vigil beside (someone who has died)


    A watch or vigil held beside the body of someone who has died, sometimes accompanied by ritual observances.
    1. 'The most important Catholic rituals are baptism and the wake, followed by a funeral mass.'
    2. 'When my mother died, the young pastor at St. Paul's wouldn't lead a rosary at the wake.'
    3. 'You play cards or mahjong and drink beer at funeral wakes.'
    4. 'Bodies in the United States are usually kept in the funeral homes till the wake is done.'
    5. 'After announcement of a death, a wake is held for friends and family.'
    6. 'Still, one could say that all wakes are formulaic, rituals being a most popular and apparently effective means to deal with death.'
    7. 'After the wake, a morning funeral was held, complete with a mass in church, and then the body was taken to the cemetery for burial.'
    8. 'For instance, Catholics hold funeral wakes on the first and eighth nights after a person's death.'
    9. 'Anger mounted throughout the next day, as residents, family friends and young people placed wreaths and cards on the tree and conducted a midday wake and vigil at the site.'
    10. 'Any breach of the rule was to result in a withdrawal by the clergy of their services at the wake and funeral.'
    11. 'After the funeral comes the wake, the time for contemplation as the past releases its grip.'
    12. 'This village had experienced a particularly bloody massacre when Renamo rebels killed 42 people in cold blood at a funeral wake.'
    13. 'They offered to help and they organised the wake after the funeral.'
    14. 'It is believed the bar had hosted a funeral wake on Friday, but it was not yet known if the victim was connected to the event.'
    15. 'Lively wakes are held after Polish funerals, with toasts and tributes to the deceased.'
    16. 'Two Irish ladies were at the wake for their dear friend.'
    17. 'The body is left in the church overnight and the traditional wake held after the vigil in the church hall or an adjoining room.'
    18. 'His funeral took place yesterday, with a wake in the pub.'
    19. 'The head teacher's farewell after 23 years in post, the golf club dinner, the police ball, wakes and weddings - they could only take place in the Royal, the hub of the town.'
    20. 'The custom of providing hospitality at wakes or funerals is well documented for the seventeenth century.'
    An annual festival and holiday held in some parts of northern England, originally one held in a rural parish on the feast day of the patron saint of the church.
    1. as modifier 'wakes weeks'
    2. 'The Glamorgan gentry patronized the boisterous village wakes, and even established new ones in communities which lacked them.'
    3. 'Many parents said they would still have to take their children on holiday in wakes weeks.'


    A trail of disturbed water or air left by the passage of a ship or aircraft.
    1. 'Wake turbulence happens when we pass through the wake of another aircraft, similar to when a boat passes through the wake of another vessel.'
    2. 'It notes that every aircraft generates a wake while in flight.'
    3. 'She watches her father's departure by ship from a rowboat that is nearly swamped in the ship's wake.'
    4. 'When we motor into the channel, however, I can't help noticing that the mooring buoy is trailing a foaming wake as the outgoing tide thunders past the boat.'
    5. 'Such shockwaves are a bit like the wake of a ship travelling across the ocean.'
    6. 'All aircraft produce wake turbulence - spirals of air that trail from the wingtips that can be a particular hazard when smaller aircraft follow a larger plane.'
    7. 'Pilots can avoid wake turbulence by allowing greater distance behind the heavy aircraft and their own, or by delaying takeoff for a few minutes.'
    8. 'Even the ground over which a tank has driven shows where the track pressure has warmed it, like the wake of a ship.'
    9. 'The speedboat kicked up a huge wave of water in its wake.'
    10. 'The reason given for this crash was that the aircraft flew into the wake of another aircraft, and the pilot lost control of it.'

    More definitions

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

    2. to become roused from a tranquil or inactive state; awaken; waken: to wake from one's daydreams.

    3. to become cognizant or aware of something; awaken; waken: to wake to the true situation.

    4. to be or continue to be awake: Whether I wake or sleep, I think of you.

    5. to remain awake for some purpose, duty, etc.: I will wake until you retu

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be wake in/at/on days."

    "people can be wake before dawns."

    "figures can be wake up bits."

    "people can be wake."

    "figures can be wake."

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    (wake)Late 15th century (denoting a track made by a person or thing): probably via Middle Low German from Old Norse vǫk, vaka ‘hole or opening in ice’.


    in the wake of