(noun, verb)


1. the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)

- in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured

Similar word(s): aftermath, backwash

Definition categories: phenomenon, consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot

2. an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii

Definition categories: location

3. the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward

- the motorboat's wake capsized the canoe

Similar word(s): backwash

Definition categories: event, wave

4. a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial

- there's no weeping at an Irish wake

Similar word(s): viewing

Definition categories: act, vigil, watch


1. be awake, be alert, be there

Definition categories: body

2. stop sleeping

Similar word(s): arouse, awake, awaken, waken

Definition categories: body, turn

3. arouse or excite feelings and passions

- Wake old feelings of hatred

Similar word(s): heat, ignite, inflame

Definition categories: emotion, arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise

4. make aware of

Definition categories: communication, alarm, alert

5. cause to become awake or conscious

- Please wake me at 6 AM.

Similar word(s): arouse, awaken, rouse, waken

Definition categories: body, alter, change, modify