Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To awake.
  • v. To awaken somebody.
  • v. To become more aware of a real-life situation; to concentrate on the matter in hand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. stop sleeping
  • v. cause to become awake or conscious

Etymologies

wake + up (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But many other U.S. companies only now are "starting to wake up to the African opportunity," says Acha Leke, a Lagos-based director of the McKinsey Global Institute.

    U.S. Companies Race to Catch Up in Africa

  • I tried to do work until everyone else started to wake up and start the morning ritual of blow-drying, plucking, and garment-swapping, but I just ended up staring at the wall.

    Untouchable

  • Ideally, we would all wake up tomorrow morning to an autogen-free world in which the environment is devoid of chemicals and heavy metals, food is always fresh, organic, and free of contaminants, and we do not have to worry about the plethora of triggers to autoimmune disease that surround us.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • The ping-ping-ping-ping of metal on metal as a corrections officer walks down the corridor side by side with his attitude, hitting his keys against the bars of a cell to wake up all the nearby occupants.

    VANISHING ACTS

  • I wish I could wake up from one of my drunken stupors and find out it was all one big prank.

    The After Wife

  • And then the third briefing book was for those who didnt even know there was going to be a China legwed get them all updated and Id put my head on a pillow, and Kissinger would then wake up and look at it and want it redone again.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • All I know is that if I had to wake up to that every morning, Id be committing bird-i-cide.

    Paradise Lost

  • I still wake up every morning at threeA.M.,look at the clock and spend the next two hours sifting through the past, trying to think of what I could have done differently; well, more like what I would donowif I had it to do over again.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • Or was it possible that as John Edward and Mary Occhino were claiming, spirit guides and angels were insistent that it was essential for humanity to wake up to their existence, and that it was time for experimental angel science to begin?

    The Sacred Promise

  • Unlike Wexton, here I have the right to wake up in the morning and not remember who or where I am.

    VANISHING ACTS

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