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Wake \Wake\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wakedor Woke (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Waking.] [AS. wacan, wacian; akin to OFries. waka, OS. wak?n, D. waken, G. wachen, OHG. wahh?n, Icel. vaka, Sw. vaken, Dan. vaage, Goth. wakan, v. i., uswakjan, v. t., Skr. v[=a]jay to rouse, to impel. ????. Cf. Vigil, Wait, v. i., Watch, v. i.]

  1. To be or to continue awake; to watch; not to sleep.

    The father waketh for the daughter.
    --Ecclus. xlii. 9.

    Though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps.

    I can not think any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it.

  2. To sit up late festive purposes; to hold a night revel.

    The king doth wake to-night, and takes his rouse, Keeps wassail, and the swaggering upspring reels.

  3. To be excited or roused from sleep; to awake; to be awakened; to cease to sleep; -- often with up.

    He infallibly woke up at the sound of the concluding doxology.
    --G. Eliot.

  4. To be exited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active.

    Gentle airs due at their hour To fan the earth now waked.

    Then wake, my soul, to high desires.


vb. (en-past of: wake)


Waked is an Arabic surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Abdullah Al-Waked (born 1975), Saudi Arabian footballer
  • Amr Waked (born 1972), Egyptian actor
  • Sharif Waked (born 1964), Palestinian artist

Usage examples of "waked".

He unfolded his robe and unskillfully managed his besha closer to Osan, to pass across a small bundle, a half-limp child who waked on being exposed to the blasting wind, and struggled fretfully.

The priests had waked, too, and were rolling up their mats, with no water, no food, no provision for the desert.

At times he waked to look at the stars and realize that nothing known lay in front of him.

She had waked, and reached for her kit, and her book, and, shocked out of her rest in a gale of sand by this vision, spat onto her ink-cake and began to write.

It was long before they slept, and waked and exited the tent to break camp as the sky began to shadow.

He looked at the angle of the shadows and grimaced, incoherent with sleep, but Norit had waked Hati, too, and then Tofi.

The au’it certainly had waked, and wrote, silent in her preoccupation.

Tofi laughed when they waked after noon rest and saw a bright blue sky.

That was the impression that waked him from half sleep, that someone was running, and that someone coming into the tent had disturbed Memnanan’s family from their rest.

She hung like a doll in Norit’s arms, and now Norit waked from her visions, spoke to the child, talked to her.

He waked at such moments, and blinked at the priests, and wondered at the vision.

Lelie waked at one such jolt, frightened by the wind, hungry and out of sorts.

He gathered his scattered wits, helped Hati up, waked Norit, but not Lelie—her he picked up, and heaved her, still sleeping, to his shoulder, to hand her up to Norit once Norit was mounted.

When he waked, he saw tribesmen carrying the litter, tribesmen afoot and walking.

He slept seldom, and waked relieved to remember he did have Uwen, who always slept near him.