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Difference Between Awake and Wake

Awake vs Wake

Awake and Wake are two verbs used in the English language that are understood wrongly as words with same meanings. Strictly speaking they are two words that have different meanings.

The word ‘awake’ is used as a verb with the meaning ‘to keep attentive’ or ‘to keep active’ or ‘to be charged up’ as in the sentences:

1. Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.

2. The speech has awakened him.

In the first sentence, the word ‘awake’ is used in the sense of ‘to keep active’ and the meaning of the sentence would be ‘arise, keep yourself active and stop not till the goal is reached’. In the same way, the meaning of the second sentence would be ‘the speech has charged him up’.

On the other hand, the word ‘wake’ is used as a verb with the meaning ‘get out of sleep’ as in the sentences:

1. I usually wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning.

2. It is good to wake up early.

In both the sentences, the word ‘wake’ is used in the sense of ‘get out of sleep’ and hence, the meaning of the first sentence would be ‘I usually get out of sleep at 6 o’clock in the morning’, and the meaning of the second sentence would be ‘it is good to get out of sleep early’.

It is interesting to note that the word ‘wake’ is used with the preposition ‘in’ in the expression ‘in the wake of’ as in the sentence:

‘Many disciplinary procedures are implemented in the wake of elections’.

In the sentence you can see that the expression ‘in the wake of’ is used in the sense of ‘as a consequence of’. These are the various differences between the two words ‘awake’ and ‘wake’ used in the English language.


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