You have probably come across this expression while reading newspapers and magazines. It has nothing to do with the act of waking up from sleep. The expression in the wake of simply means after or following. It is used to talk about something that happens as the consequence of something else.
- The drought left famine in its wake.
- The government has reduced fuel prices in the wake of nation-wide protests.
Here the government’s decision to reduce fuel prices was the consequence of nation-wide protests.
- The company has vowed to improve its after sales service in the wake of many complaints from customers.
- Home loans are expected to be cheaper in the wake of the Reserve Bank’s decision to reduce interest rates.
- In the wake of the recent communal riots, the police have increased patrolling in the city.