|Origin:||wacan 'to wake up' and wacian 'to be awake'|
wake1 S2 W3 also wake up past tense woke, past participle woken [intransitive and transitive]
When she woke, the sun was streaming through the windows.
Try not to wake the baby.
Nancy woke to the sound of birds outside her window (=she heard birds singing when she woke).
wake upphrasal verb
to stop sleeping, or to make someone stop sleeping:
James usually wakes up early.
wake somebody ↔ up
I'll wake you up when it's time to leave.
to start to listen or pay attention to something:
Wake up (=give me your attention) at the back there!
3 American English spoken
used to tell someone to recognize the truth or reality of a situation
wake up to somethingphrasal verb
It's time you woke up to the fact that it's a tough world.