Wake Wake, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Waked}or {Woke} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Waking}.] [AS. wacan, wacian; akin to OFries. waka, OS. wak?n, D. waken, G. wachen, OHG. wahh?n, Icel. vaka, Sw. vaken, Dan. vaage, Goth. wakan, v. i., uswakjan, v. t., Skr. v[=a]jay to rouse, to impel. ????. Cf. {Vigil}, {Wait}, v. i., {Watch}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. To be or to continue awake; to watch; not to sleep. [1913 Webster]

The father waketh for the daughter. --Ecclus. xlii. 9. [1913 Webster]

Though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

I can not think any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. To sit up late festive purposes; to hold a night revel. [1913 Webster]

The king doth wake to-night, and takes his rouse, Keeps wassail, and the swaggering upspring reels. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To be excited or roused from sleep; to awake; to be awakened; to cease to sleep; -- often with up. [1913 Webster]

He infallibly woke up at the sound of the concluding doxology. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

4. To be exited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active. [1913 Webster]

Gentle airs due at their hour To fan the earth now waked. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Then wake, my soul, to high desires. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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