verb (wakened; wakening) Etymology: Middle English waknen, from Old English wæcnian; akin to Old Norse vakna to awaken, Old English wæccan to watch Date: before 12th century intransitive verb awake — often used with up transitive verb to rouse especially out of sleep ; wake

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  • Waken — Wak en, v. t. 1. To excite or rouse from sleep; to wake; to awake; to awaken. Go, waken Eve. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To excite; to rouse; to move to action; to awaken. [1913 Webster] Then Homer s and Tyrt[ae]us martial muse Wakened the world.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wakēn — *wakēn, *wakæ̅n germ., schwach. Verb: nhd. wachen; ne. be (Verb) awake, guard (Verb); Rekontruktionsbasis: an., ae., afries., anfrk., as., ahd.; Hinweis: s. *wakan, *waknan; …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • waken — [wā′kən] vi. [ME waknen < OE wacnian, wæcnan, to become awake, akin to ON vakna, to waken: for IE base see WAKE1] 1. to become awake; come to one s senses after sleep or a state like sleep 2. to become active, animated, or alive after… …   English World dictionary

  • Waken — Wak en, v. i. [imp. & p. pr. {Wakened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wakening}.] [OE. waknen, AS. w[ae]cnan; akin to Goth. gawaknan. See {Wake}, v. i.] To wake; to cease to sleep; to be awakened. [1913 Webster] Early, Turnus wakening with the light. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Waken — Waken, s. Wacken …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • waken — index foment Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • waken — (v.) to become awake, O.E. wæcnan, wæcnian to rise, spring, from the same source as WAKE (Cf. wake) (v.). Figurative sense was in O.E. Transitive sense of to arouse (someone or something) from sleep is recorded from c.1200. Related: Wakened;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • waken — awaken, arouse, rouse, *stir, rally Analogous words: excite, stimulate, quicken, galvanize, *provoke: fire, kindle (see LIGHT): impel, *move, actuate, drive Antonyms: subdue Contrasted words: *pacify, mollify, placate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • waken — ► VERB ▪ wake from sleep. ORIGIN Old English, «be aroused»; related to WAKE(Cf. ↑wake) …   English terms dictionary

  • waken — [[t]we͟ɪkən[/t]] wakens, wakening, wakened V ERG When you waken, or when someone or something wakens you, you wake from sleep. [LITERARY] [V n] The noise of a door slamming wakened her... Women are much more likely than men to waken because of… …   English dictionary

  • waken — awake, awaken, wake, waken 1. forms. Although the history of these words, and in particular of the various forms of past tense and past participle, is highly complex (see the OED entry), in current use awake and wake can be paired as strong verbs …   Modern English usage

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