The track left by a vessel in the water; by extension, any track; as, the wake of an army.
- To cease to sleep; become awake: overslept and woke late.
- To stay awake: Bears wake for spring, summer, and fall and hibernate for the winter.
- To be brought into a state of awareness or alertness: suddenly woke to the danger we were in.
- To keep watch or guard, especially over a corpse.
- To rouse from sleep; awaken.
- To stir, as from a dormant or inactive condition; rouse: wake old animosities.
- To make aware of; alert: The shocking revelations finally woke me to the facts of the matter.
- To keep a vigil over.
- To hold a wake over.
- A watch; a vigil.
- A watch over the body of a deceased person before burial, sometimes accompanied by festivity. Also called regionally viewing.
- Chiefly British A parish festival held annually, often in honor of a patron saint.
- Chiefly British An annual vacation.
- The visible track of turbulence left by something moving through water: the wake of a ship.
- A track, course, or condition left behind something that has passed: The war left destruction and famine in its wake.
- in the wake of Following directly on.
- in the wake of In the aftermath of; as a consequence of.