"wakes" in the noun sense
1. aftermath, wake, backwash
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"
2. Wake Island, Wake
an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
3. wake, backwash
the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward
"the motorboat's wake capsized the canoe"
4. wake, viewing
a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial
"there's no weeping at an Irish wake"
"wakes" in the verb sense
be awake, be alert, be there
2. wake up, awake, arouse, awaken, wake, come alive, waken
"She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"
3. inflame, stir up, wake, ignite, heat, fire up
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"
make aware of
"His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation"
5. awaken, wake, waken, rouse, wake up, arouse
cause to become awake or conscious
"He was roused by the drunken men in the street"
"Please wake me at 6 AM."
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