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waken

Verb

1 cause to become awake or conscious; "He was roused by the drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM." [syn: awaken, wake, rouse, wake up, arouse] [ant: cause to sleep]
2 stop sleeping; "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock" [syn: wake up, awake, arouse, awaken, wake, come alive] [ant: fall asleep]

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English

Etymology

Old English wæcnan.

Pronunciation

/ˈweɪkən/

Verb

  1. to awake or rouse from sleep; to stir

Middle English

Etymology

Old English wacan

Verb

waken (past wook, past participle waken)
  1. to wake, cease from sleep, to be awake
  2. to remain awake on watch especially over a corpse

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