1. [ verb ] be awake, be alert, be there
Related terms: sleep stay_up sit_up waking
2. [ noun ] the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
Synonyms: backwash aftermath

"the aftermath of war" "in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured"

Related terms: consequence
3. [ verb ] stop sleeping
Synonyms: awaken awake wake_up arouse come_alive waken

"She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"

Related terms: fall_asleep change_state awakening arousal sleep
4. [ verb ] cause to become awake or conscious
Synonyms: wake_up awaken arouse rouse waken

"He was roused by the drunken men in the street" "Please wake me at 6 AM."

Related terms: cause_to_sleep change bring_to reawaken call awakening arouser
5. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 14153
6. [ noun ] the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward
Synonyms: backwash

"the motorboat's wake capsized the canoe"

Related terms: wave
7. [ verb ] make aware of

"His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation"

Related terms: alarm
8. [ verb ] arouse or excite feelings and passions
Synonyms: stir_up ignite heat fire_up inflame

"The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor" "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world" "Wake old feelings of hatred"

Related terms: arouse ferment heat
9. [ noun ] (geography) an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
Synonyms: Wake_Island
Related terms: island Pacific battle_of_Wake
10. [ noun ] (Roman Catholic,religion) a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial
Synonyms: viewing

"there's no weeping at an Irish wake"

Related terms: vigil
Similar spelling:   wage