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WAKE, verb intransitive [G. The primary sense is to stir, to rouse, to excite.]

1. To be awake; to continue awake; to watch; not to sleep. Psalms 127:1.

The father waketh for the daughter.

Though wisdom wakes, suspicion sleeps.

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

2. To be excited or roused from sleep; to awake; to be awakened. He wakes at the slightest noise.

3. To cease to sleep; to awake.

4. To be quick; to be alive or active.

5. To be excited from a torpid state; to be put in motion. The dormant powers of nature wake from their frosty slumbers.

Gentle airs to fan the earth now wakd.

WAKE, verb transitive

1. To rouse from sleep.

The angel that talked with me, came again and waked me. Zechariah 4:1.

2. To arouse; to excite; to put in motion or action.

Prepare war, wake up the mighty men. Joel 3:9.

[The use of up is common, but not necessary.]

To wake the soul by tender strokes of art.

3. To bring to life again, as if from the sleep of death.

To second life wakd in the renovation of the just.

WAKE, noun

1. The feast of the dedication of the church, formerly kept by watching all night.

2. Vigils; state of forbearing sleep.

--Their merry wakes and pastimes keep.

3. Act of waking. [Old song.]

WAKE of a ship, the track it leaves in the water, formed by the meeting of the water, which rushes from each side to fill the space which the ship makes in passing through it.

To be in the wake of a ship, is to be in her track, or in a line with her keel.