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

  • transitive v. To rouse from sleep; awake: The noise wakened me.
  • transitive v. To rouse from a quiescent or inactive state; stir.
  • intransitive v. To become awake; wake up: I plan to waken at six o'clock tomorrow. See Usage Note at wake1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To awake or rouse from sleep; to stir.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • v. stop sleeping
  • v. cause to become awake or conscious

Etymologies

Middle English wakenen, from Old English wæcnan; see weg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wæcnan. (Wiktionary)

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