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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theywake up
he/she/itwakes up
present participlewaking up
past tensewoke up
past participlewoken up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to start to feel more lively, or to make someone feel more lively

    Another cup of coffee will wake me up.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to start to pay more attention to something, or to make people pay more attention to something

    It takes a serious crisis to wake people up.

  3. 3
    same as wake
  4. 4
    wake up and smell the coffee informal used for telling someone that they need to pay attention to what is happening in a situation they are in, usually a situation that is not good
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