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 for wake
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wake \Wake\, n.
     1. The act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of
        being awake. [Obs. or Poetic]
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              Making such difference 'twixt wake and sleep.
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              Singing her flatteries to my morning wake. --Dryden.
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     2. The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or
        festive purposes; a vigil.
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              The warlike wakes continued all the night,
              And funeral games played at new returning light.
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              The wood nymphs, decked with daises trim,
              Their merry wakes and pastimes keep.  --Milton.
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     3. Specifically:
        (a) (Ch. of Eng.) An annual parish festival formerly held
            in commemoration of the dedication of a church.
            Originally, prayers were said on the evening
            preceding, and hymns were sung during the night, in
            the church; subsequently, these vigils were
            discontinued, and the day itself, often with
            succeeding days, was occupied in rural pastimes and
            exercises, attended by eating and drinking, often to
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                  Great solemnities were made in all churches, and
                  great fairs and wakes throughout all England.
                                                    --Ld. Berners.
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                  And every village smokes at wakes with lusty
                  cheer.                            --Drayton.
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        (b) The sitting up of persons with a dead body, often
            attended with a degree of festivity, chiefly among the
            Irish. "Blithe as shepherd at a wake." --Cowper.
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     Wake play, the ceremonies and pastimes connected with a
        wake. See Wake, n., 3
        (b), above. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wake \Wake\, n. [Originally, an open space of water s?rrounded
     by ice, and then, the passage cut through ice for a vessel,
     probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. v["o]k a hole, opening
     in ice, Sw. vak, Dan. vaage, perhaps akin to E. humid.]
     The track left by a vessel in the water; by extension, any
     track; as, the wake of an army.
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           This effect followed immediately in the wake of his
           earliest exertions.                      --De Quincey.
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           Several humbler persons . . . formed quite a procession
           in the dusty wake of his chariot wheels. --Thackeray.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wake \Wake\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wakedor Woke (?); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Waking.] [AS. wacan, wacian; akin to OFries. waka,
     OS. wak?n, D. waken, G. wachen, OHG. wahh?n, Icel. vaka, Sw.
     vaken, Dan. vaage, Goth. wakan, v. i., uswakjan, v. t., Skr.
     v[=a]jay to rouse, to impel. ????. Cf. Vigil, Wait, v.
     i., Watch, v. i.]
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     1. To be or to continue awake; to watch; not to sleep.
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              The father waketh for the daughter.   --Ecclus.
                                                    xlii. 9.
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              Though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps. --Milton.
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              I can not think any time, waking or sleeping,
              without being sensible of it.         --Locke.
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     2. To sit up late festive purposes; to hold a night revel.
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              The king doth wake to-night, and takes his rouse,
              Keeps wassail, and the swaggering upspring reels.
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     3. To be excited or roused from sleep; to awake; to be
        awakened; to cease to sleep; -- often with up.
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              He infallibly woke up at the sound of the concluding
              doxology.                             --G. Eliot.
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     4. To be exited or roused up; to be stirred up from a
        dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active.
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              Gentle airs due at their hour
              To fan the earth now waked.           --Milton.
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              Then wake, my soul, to high desires.  --Keble.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wake \Wake\, v. t.
     1. To rouse from sleep; to awake.
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              The angel . . . came again and waked me. --Zech. iv.
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     2. To put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite. "I shall
        waken all this company." --Chaucer.
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              Lest fierce remembrance wake my sudden rage.
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              Even Richard's crusade woke little interest in his
              island realm.                         --J. R. Green.
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     3. To bring to life again, as if from the sleep of death; to
        reanimate; to revive.
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              To second life
              Waked in the renovation of the just.  --Milton.
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     4. To watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic
           event); "the aftermath of war"; "in the wake of the
           accident no one knew how many had been injured" [syn:
           aftermath, wake, backwash]
      2: an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
         [syn: Wake Island, Wake]
      3: the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward; "the
         motorboat's wake capsized the canoe" [syn: wake,
      4: a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial; "there's
         no weeping at an Irish wake" [syn: wake, viewing]
      v 1: be awake, be alert, be there [ant: catch some Z's, kip,
           log Z's, sleep, slumber]
      2: stop sleeping; "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"
         [syn: wake up, awake, arouse, awaken, wake, come
         alive, waken] [ant: dope off, doze off, drift off,
         drop off, drowse off, fall asleep, flake out, nod
      3: arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The ostentatious way
         of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The
         refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake
         old feelings of hatred" [syn: inflame, stir up, wake,
         ignite, heat, fire up]
      4: make aware of; "His words woke us to terrible facts of the
      5: cause to become awake or conscious; "He was roused by the
         drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM." [syn:
         awaken, wake, waken, rouse, wake up, arouse]
         [ant: cause to sleep]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  143 Moby Thesaurus words for "wake":
     affair, afterclap, aftercrop, aftereffect, afterglow, aftergrowth,
     afterimage, aftermath, afterpart, afterpiece, aftertaste,
     alertness, all-night vigil, annoy, arise, arouse, at home, awake,
     awaken, backwash, bestir, blow the coals, blow up, burial service,
     call forth, call up, challenge, come alive, condensation trail,
     consciousness, contrail, course, deathwatch, dirge, enkindle,
     enrage, eulogy, excite, exequies, exhaust, extreme unction, fan,
     fan the fire, fan the flame, feed the fire, fire, flame, foment,
     frenzy, freshen, funeral oration, funeral rites, gathering, get up,
     get-together, heat, impassion, incense, incite, inflame, infuriate,
     insomnia, insomniac, insomnolence, insomnolency, key up, kindle,
     knock up, last duty, last honors, last offices, last rites,
     lather up, levee, lidless vigil, light the fuse, light up, line,
     madden, matinee, move, obsequies, overexcite, path, piste, queue,
     rally, reception, renew, requiem, requiem mass, restlessness,
     reunion, roll out, rouse, salon, scent, sentience, set astir,
     set fire to, set on fire, shake up, signs, sleeplessness, sociable,
     social, social affair, social gathering, soiree, spoor, steam up,
     stir, stir the blood, stir the embers, stir the feelings, stir up,
     stream, summon up, tab, tag, tail, tailpiece, tossing and turning,
     traces, track, trail, trailer, train, turn on, vapor trail,
     viaticum, vigil, vortex, wake up, wakefulness, waken, warm,
     warm the blood, wash, whet, whip up, work into, work up

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Wake -- U.S. County in North Carolina
     Population (2000):    627846
     Housing Units (2000): 258953
     Land area (2000):     831.923863 sq. miles (2154.672822 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    25.331901 sq. miles (65.609320 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    857.255764 sq. miles (2220.282142 sq. km)
     Located within:       North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
     Location:             35.796512 N, 78.665751 W
      Wake, NC
      Wake County
      Wake County, NC

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