Etymology
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waken (v.)

"to become awake, cease to sleep," Old English wæcnan, wæcnian "to rise, awake; spring from, come into being," from Proto-Germanic *waknanan, from a suffixed form of PIE root *weg- "to be strong, be lively." OED regards the ending as the -n- "suffix of inchoative verbs of state," but Barnhart rejects this and says it is simply -en (1).

The figurative sense was in Old English. Transitive sense of "to rouse (someone or something) from sleep" is recorded from c. 1200. For distinctions of usage, see wake (v.). Related: Wakened; wakening.

updated on September 13, 2018

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Definitions of waken from WordNet

waken (v.)
cause to become awake or conscious;
Synonyms: awaken / wake / rouse / wake up / arouse
waken (v.)
stop sleeping;
Synonyms: wake up / awake / arouse / awaken / wake / come alive
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.