wake up

wake up

  1. (intransitive) To awake.
    • 1967, John Lennon/Paul McCartney, "A Day in the Life":
      "Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head"
  2. (transitive) To awaken somebody.
    Wake your brother up; it's time for school.
  3. (intransitive) To become more aware of a real-life situation; to concentrate on the matter in hand.
    Some businesses were slow to wake up to the importance of the Internet.
    That's the third time you've made the same mistake. Wake up!
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