Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To rouse from sleep; awake.
  • intransitive verb To rouse from a quiescent or inactive state; stir.
  • intransitive verb To cause to be aware; alert or enlighten.
  • intransitive verb To become awake; wake up.
  • intransitive verb To become aware.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To wake; cease to sleep; be awakened: literally or figuratively.
  • To keep awake; refrain from sleeping; watch.
  • To excite or rouse from sleep; awaken.
  • To excite to action or motion; rouse; stir up.
  • To excite; produce; call forth.
  • A wake; not sleeping.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To wake; to cease to sleep; to be awakened.
  • transitive verb To excite or rouse from sleep; to wake; to awake; to awaken.
  • transitive verb To excite; to rouse; to move to action; to awaken.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To awake or rouse from sleep; to stir.

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

  • verb stop sleeping
  • verb cause to become awake or conscious

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English wakenen, from Old English wæcnan; see weg- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English wæcnan.

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