wake-up call

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weyk-uhp]
    • /ˈweɪkˌʌp/
    • /weɪk ʌp kɔːl /
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weyk-uhp]
    • /ˈweɪkˌʌp/

Definitions of wake-up call words

  • noun wake-up call an act or instance of waking up. 1
  • noun wake-up call an act or instance of being awakened: I asked the hotel desk for a wake-up at 6. 1
  • noun wake-up call a time of awaking or being awakened: I'll need a 5 o'clock wake-up to make the early plane. 1
  • noun wake-up call flicker2 . 1
  • adjective wake-up call serving to wake one from sleep: Tell the front desk you want a wake-up call. 1
  • adjective wake-up call serving to arouse or alert: a wake-up call on the problems of pollution. 1

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Origin of wake-up call

First appearance:

before 1835
One of the 34% newest English words
First recorded in 1835-45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase wake up

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Parts of speech for Wake-up call


wake-up call popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 50% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

Synonyms for wake-up call

noun wake-up call

  • advisory — An advisory group regularly gives suggestions and help to people or organizations, especially about a particular subject or area of activity.

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