|Origin:||Perhaps from Dutch wak or Middle Low German wake, from Old Norse vok 'hole in the ice, especially as made by a boat'|
if something, especially something bad, happens in the wake of an event, it happens afterwards and usually as a result of it:
Famine followed in the wake of the drought.
behind or after someone or something:
The car left clouds of dust in its wake.
the time before or after a funeral when friends and relatives meet to remember the dead person
4TTW [usually singular]
the track made behind a boat as it moves through the water