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Oxford dictionary definition of the word wake:
verb (past woke /wəʊk/ or US, dialect, or archaic waked; past participle woken /ˈwəʊk(ə)n/ or US, dialect, or archaic waked)
1emerge or cause to emerge from sleep; stop sleeping:
she woke up feeling better
I woke him gently
[no object] (wake up to) become alert to or aware of:
he needs to wake up to reality
[with object] cause to stir or come to life:
his voice wakes desire in others
2 [with object] Irish or North American dialect hold a vigil beside (someone who has died):
we waked Jim last night
1a watch or vigil held beside the body of someone who has died, sometimes accompanied by ritual observances:
he was attending a friend’s wake
(especially in Ireland) a party held after a funeral.
2 (wakes) [treated as singular] an annual festival and holiday held in some parts of northern England, originally one held in a rural parish on the feast day of the patron saint of the church:
his workers absented themselves for the local wakes
[probably from Old Norse vaka]
wake up and smell the coffee
[usually in imperative] informal, chiefly North American become aware of the realities of a situation, however unpleasant:
keep an eye on your friends, who may be using you—wake up and smell the coffee!
Old English (recorded only in the past tense wōc), also partly from the weak verb wacian ‘remain awake, hold a vigil’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch waken and German wachen; compare with watch