Definition of wake-up in US English:



  • An instance of a person waking up or being woken up.

    • ‘If you don't eat a wake-up meal, make some adjustments in your breakfast.’
    • ‘I made myself a strong wake-up coffee, and called them.’
    • ‘I get out of bed at the usual time, though my body aches protest at the before-dawn wake-up.’
    • ‘A handwritten note requesting a desired wake-up time was placed on the kitchen table.’
    • ‘If I wished anything from this catastrophe, it would be that it became a wake-up to that great nation to review the social welfare, education and health systems so that the poor were not left so helpless.’
    • ‘We were getting ready to go to bed about 8:00 at night because it was a 2:00 in the morning wake-up.’
    • ‘I retain injuries a little longer, I notice things changing - and that's a real wake-up - I feel something knocking at me every day.’
    • ‘John Downing asks if Fianna Fail have been sent a wake-up message by voters.’
    • ‘I picked him up, gave him a wake-up cuddle, and plonked him down in front of his breakfast dish, still half-full with perfectly good food.’
    • ‘I have managed to get put on early shifts at work permanently so I finally have a regular wake-up time of 7.15 am.’
    • ‘Normally, it is the wake-up time for all off-duty personnel.’
    • ‘Our body clock responds to an imitation sunrise by accelerating the wake-up processes.’
    • ‘In addition to getting your room info, you can choose a wake-up time and even arrange for the hotel's airport shuttle service to pick you up at the airport.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's because I set the alarm slightly later so the wake-up was easier.’
    • ‘This wake-up ceremony is carried out every day of every year regardless of the weather.’
    • ‘One turn and there's the instant wake-up water cascading from the shower head.’
    • ‘But Citroën is realistic about being the first with a wake-up device, and as it costs £300 extra, the company doesn't expect to sell many.’
    • ‘I think the camera should be up front, integrated with intelligence and trained on the driver so it could activate a wake-up alarm when it sensed ‘nod off.’’
    • ‘I hope this tragic case can send out a wake-up message to all those people who make this kind of idiotic call.’
    • ‘Like a wake-up from amnesia, a life spread out before me.’
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