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  • n. An act or instance of waking up.
  • n. An act or instance of being awakened.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Wake-up strokes: An estimated 58,000 Americans suffer a stroke in their sleep each year, called wake-up strokes, according to a study in Neurology.

    Feeling Groggy? Your Brain May Be Half Asleep

  • "This is a wake-up call for all of us in the U.S. that this is a big issue which the U.S. needs to focus on," said Rep. Ben Quayle R., Ariz., who was also briefed by ICE officials.

    Mexico Killers Knew Men Were From U.S.

  • Israeli Ambassador Meron Reuben said after the vote was a "wake-up call" about how Human Rights Council members are chosen.

    U.N. suspends Libya from rights council

  • When the heartburn went down a week ago, I said that I thought that this was much ado about nothing but that it should be a (fixable) wake-up call for Facebook that they need to better establish a better bond with their community.

    Democracy (Sort of) Comes to Facebook

  • If the Birla episode was a wake-up call for other Indian business families, the Ambani family feud got them to smell the coffee.

    Indian Family Businesses

  • Clinton, en route to Asia for a key regional summit, stressed following a meeting with her Japanese counterpart in Hawaii that recent Chinese restrictions on sales of the important commercial inputs must serve as a "wake-up call" for the U.S. and its allies to diversify their sourcing.

    World Watch

  • Shatner's words were followed by Monday morning's wake-up music, "Theme from Star Trek."

    Discovery leaves space station for the last time

  • "It was a wake-up call for me and my three teenage boys who now have a family history of prostate cancer."

    Mustaches for Cash

  • Its tone can be brutal at times but it provides a fresh and apparently necessary wake-up call to advanced societies about how to stop the "womb strike" menacing graying nations from Japan to Germany.

    In Praise of the Mediocre Mother

  • But Mr. Dongarra and other researchers said the machine should nevertheless serve as a wake-up call that China is threatening to take the lead in scientific computing — akin to a machine from Japan that took the No. 1 position early in the past decade and triggered increased U.S. investment in the field.

    Chinese Supercomputer Likely to Prompt Unease in U.S.

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