Awake And Wake Differences
In British English, the verbs awake and wake are irregular.
- Awake – awoke – awoken (GB and US)
- Wake – woke – woken (GB and US)
In American English, these verbs can be regular.
- Awake – awakened – awakened (US only)
- Wake – wakened – wakened (US only)
Wake is the most common of these verbs. It can mean ‘stop sleeping’ or ‘make somebody else stop sleeping’. Wake is often followed by up.
- Don’t wake him up.
- I woke up several times in the night.
Waken can be used instead of wake up in a literary style.
- The prince wakened the princess with a kiss. (= The price woke the princess up with a kiss.)